75TH DIAMOND ANNIVERSARY
Celebrating 75 years and the crown jewels of our community
Featuring Wallis Annenberg Rick Caruso Nancy Silverton Mayors Garcetti, Horvath & Wunderlich Chris Erskine Brian Boyé Amy Lyons Adam Schiff Ted Lieu
Seventy five has a nice ring to it! In 1946, a group of local residents of the newly built Park Labrea complex decided that they needed a local newsletter for the community … And just like that, the Park Labrea News was born. It started out as a four-page, typewritten newsletter that was run off on a mimeograph machine and distributed monthly to residents and local merchants. In the 1950s and ’60s, the Park Labrea News converted to a bimonthly and expanded circulation to about 1,500. The paper was delivered to residents in Park Labrea and the 90036 zip code, including the Beverly-Fairfax area anchored by the Original Farmers Market. The 1970s and ’80s saw further development in the Beverly-Wilshire, Fairfax and Miracle Mile communities, including the expansion of LACMA, the opening of the Craft and Folk Art Museum and the debut of the Beverly Center shopping mall, to name a few. In 1990, as a young and newly married couple, we took a huge risk and a leap of faith and mortgaged our house to buy this newspaper. We worked long hours – sometimes overnight – to get out a 16-page newspaper, twice a month. Thankfully, we navigated our way to become good at it. Within 6 months, we converted the paper to a weekly, and 6 months after that we dramatically expanded circulation into West
Hollywood, Beverly Grove, and Hancock Park with the launch of the Beverly Press. We redoubled our journalistic efforts over the next few years and added new columnists and features and expanded our coverage area. In 2016, we stretched our news legs once again and added Beverly Hills and Bel-Air to our circulation area. Today, we deliver late-breaking news through our state-of-the-art website in addition to our weekly home delivered paper with our media partners, the Los Angeles Times. The newspaper has marched on through prosperous and lean times, through joyful celebrations and a global pandemic. One thing that has remained is your unwavering support. The Beverly Press and Park Labrea News have continued to succeed because of YOU, our readers, who have supported this local newspaper since 1946. Its legacy lives on because you see the value in having a local voice. And to our staff, all top professionals, we are grateful for your dedication and your determination to gather the news and ensure its accuracy. Thank you. Being only the third publishers of this 75year-old community beacon, it is the honor of our life to be the caretakers of this public trust. Besides our children, now adults, running this newspaper has been our proudest
Michael and Karen Villalpando
achievement. We hope you enjoy the 75th anniversary edition, “Our People Our Places.” We look forward to continuing the legacy of your local newspaper for the next 75 years. Michael and Karen Villalpando Publishers
Founded 1946 Michael Villalpando CEO & Publisher
Karen Villalpando Editor & Publisher
Serving the communities of Beverly Hills, Bel Air, West Hollywood, Hancock Park, the Miracle Mile, Carthay Circle, Beverly-Fairfax and Park La Brea 8444 Wilshire Blvd., 4th Floor Beverly Hills, CA 90211 P.O. Box 36036 Los Angeles, CA 90036 323.933.5518
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Editor: Edwin Folven Staff Writers: Aaron Blevins, Brynn Mechem Contributors: Brian Boyé, Courtney Echerd, Chris Erskine, Cameron Kiszla, Amy Lyons, Tim Posada, Rebecca Villalpando, Jill Weinlein, Zev Yaroslavsky
Graphic Design: Lionel Ochoa, Karen Villalpando Photography: Andrew Kitchen Photography @wandering.cowboy Our People Our Places, 75th Diamond Anniversary Edition 2021 beverlypress.com @beverlypress beverly_press
THIS IS US On our 75th Anniversary, a former editor recalls discovering small town values in the heart of L.A. BY BRIAN BOYÉ
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Brian Boyé, right and his husband Robert Pendilla reside in Washington, Connecticut
ited experience with Jewish culture, thought Melrose was a place not a street and as a young, gay man viewed West Hollywood as Mecca. I moved around a lot when I was a kid. I have interesting parents whose work took our family all over the place. But I didn’t grow up with a strong sense of community. When I graduated from college, it was the first time I’d lived anywhere for four straight years. It wasn’t until I moved here that I came to understand what “community” meant. When I arrived in L.A., my circle consisted of Michael, Karen and the newspaper’s other writers and contributors. As I settled into my role, my network expanded. I met neighbors and friends, store owners, local officials and business leaders. Because of my newspaper job, I had the unique opportunity to go places and
meet people that you don’t get in most nine to five jobs. (And just to clarify, my job at this newspaper rarely ended at five.) The concept of how this community works together came into focus. Then and now, social service organizations support people who don’t have access to medical care. Our restaurants, museums and parks create places for us to gather and learn. Small businesses take care of each other. The LBGTQ community was rallying in the face of the AIDS pandemic. And every day our neighbors were honored, remembered, even arrested. And we got to share all these stories with you weekly. It wasn’t always pretty. Like any family, people and organizations take issue with each other. As with any smart news organization, this newspaper serves a funContinues on page 8
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f you were active in this community in the early 1990s, our paths may have crossed. I was the kid in pleated khakis running back and forth along Wilshire with a notebook and camera. If you weren’t here then, it was an exciting time. Especially if you were just starting out in your journalism career doing exactly what you wanted to do. If you read this newspaper 30 years ago, you probably saw my byline or one of my photographs. When Michael and Karen Villalpando became stewards of this publication in 1990, I was their first hire. They were ambitious young newspaper execs who wanted to try their hand at publishing. I was a brand-new University of Texas grad who wanted to live the California lifestyle. When Michael and Karen hired me, I made the move here from Austin in three days. I rented an apartment in Park La Brea, started work and began to explore the area. At the time the newspaper offices were in a small two-story building in the Dell of the Farmers Market complex, facing Fairfax. I had no idea what to expect and didn’t know anything about this diverse, dynamic community. At the time, I had lim-
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damental role as a voice for all of you who live here. Michael, Karen and their team of editors and writers work hard to get all sides of every story so there can be a conversation about the things that make a difference in your life. Back then, the hot topic was retail development. I spent the better part of my years here writing about the proposed changes to the Farmers Market and the debate about whether to build The Grove. I felt the anguish so many in the community shared about losing a local treasure. But I also saw the possibility of what’s next and how it might benefit the neighborhood. And so it’s gone for decades. Victories, fights, stumbles and triumphs – all documented in this weekly newspaper that continues to evolve in the very way the look and feel of this community has. What I learned then is the importance of providing a platform to be heard, something this newspaper has done for 75 years.
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Your neighbor who wants to get something off his chest. The developer selling us on her dream. A store owner who wants to announce a grand opening. The city councilperson hoping to get reelected. All of us who live so close to one another but are often so disconnected are brought together through the efforts of the small team who creates this newspaper. I also learned about finding your community, even in the middle of a city of millions. I appreciate what Michael and Karen Villalpando have done to build that concept through this newspaper. We worked together for a only a few years but have enjoyed decades of friendship since. I admire their dedication to keeping this community newspaper flourishing, something that gets more challenging with every year. My time in your city was short. I moved to Manhattan in the late ‘90s to work for a magazine, but I have the best memories of living and working here. It’s
Brian Boyé and Karen Villalpando celebrated at a holiday party in 1990.
where I came of age, started my career and made lifelong friends. I value the lessons I learned here, in your community. Over the years, they’ve shaped how I adapt to new environments and jobs. I discovered how it works here, but I seek community wherever I go. Happy anniversary to Michael, Karen and the entire Park Labrea News and Beverly Press family.
75 years of newspapering A weekly that reports like a daily B Y A M Y LY O N S
75-year-old local weekly newspaper seems like an unlikely entity these days, and yet the Beverly Press and Park Labrea News has survived well into its golden years. Still, it feels as young and fresh a news source as it did when I worked there more than a decade ago. Back then, I loved exploring Los Angeles as a reporter for the Beverly Press. I covered everything from West Hollywood City Hall to the restaurant beat to all kinds of entertainment. Karen and Michael Villalpando let me try my hand at every type of story, and their generosity helped me “The Beverly Press was its own hands-on journalism school. It was there that I learned how to lay out a newspaper and take a killer photograph. I also met some amazing people while working there.” hone my reporting chops. The Beverly Press was its own hands-on journalism school. It was there that I learned how to lay out a newspaper and take a killer photograph. I also met some amazing people while working there. Not only did I get to see Wolfgang Puck prepare food for the Oscars Governor’s Ball, and sit down with Malcolm Jamal-Warner to discuss his oneman stage play, but – perhaps more importantly – I got to know so many lovely 1 0 B E V E R LY P R E S S . C O M
residents of a city that sometimes felt sprawling and lonely. I got to sit down with teachers and students at Fairfax High, LGBT seniors who made their homes at Triangle Square, supermarket workers, struggling actors, successful restaurateurs, jewelers, real estate agents, and people who had established deep roots in a place famous for its transience. But the best people I met while working at the Beverly Press were those with whom I shared an office. Michael and Karen had met at one of the city’s large, daily newspapers and struck out on their own to take over a paper and simultaneously start a family. To me, they epitomized the California dream – their pioneering spirits and endurance shone through in every page of the paper. Michael seemed to have a relationship with every small businessperson within a 10 mile radius of the paper’s address, and his days were spent largely out in the field, building new relationships to support the community and shore up the paper’s ongoing success. Karen kept the paper staffed and printed and vibrant – she insisted all her reporters pitch new ideas consistently and dig deep to get the stories no other papers covered. Fast forward a decade. It’s been such a difficult year and a half, as the nation reels from COVID-19 and recovers from a POTUS who was divisive and fear-mongering, to put it rather mildly. I live in New York City now, a virus hot spot in Covid’s early days, and it’s been nearly two years
since I’ve visited family and friends in Los Angeles. I’ve often thought about my time at the Beverly Press over these last several months. Isolation is the exact opposite of what it felt like to work there. We were a small staff and the environment was serious and busy, the pace at times break-neck, but Karen, Michael and their daughters are a close-knit family and that vibe of closeness permeated our office. Social distance didn’t exist inside the walls of the Beverly Press – it was collaborative to the max. I’d give anything to shout over to Ed Folven in his office next door about a photo that doesn’t fit in its allotted space, or run down the hall to meet with Michael and Karen about pitches, or edits, or plans for the annual staff Christmas party, or the story we wanted that didn’t pan out. “Karen was a layout and editorial genius, a tough and compassionate leader in Louboutins, who edited every single story and laid out half the paper every week.” Despite all the hardship the world has experienced of late, the Beverly Press is still standing after more than seven decades. So many papers have downsized or cut space, but the Beverly Press still offers news that feels crafted with a personal touch. After 75 years of service, it does my heart good to see the care with which they continue to put out the news. Bravo!
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Staying ahead of the curve with Wallis Annenberg Foundation looks ahead as initiatives roll out BY AARON BLEVINS
he Annenberg family story is fascinating, especially to journalists. It represents a bygone era when newspapers wielded power and influence that is almost unfathomable to young reporters. Beginning with Moses “Moe” Annenberg, who purchased The Philadelphia Inquirer in 1936, the family has had an unquantifiable impact on the U.S. that continues through the Annenberg Foundation, a philanthropic organization established in 1989 by Walter Annenberg. After his death in 2002, Walter’s daughter, Wallis, became the foundation’s chair, president and CEO. She now operates the foundation and guides its philanthropy alongside her children, Lauren Bon, Gregory Annenberg Weingarten and Charles Annenberg Weingarten. A significant amount of the foundation’s planned giving benefits Los Angeles, oftentimes in our own neighborhood. Although she rarely grants media requests, at the end of August, Wallis Annenberg took the time to share her thoughts on her latest initiatives, philanthropy and future. Annenberg GenSpace America’s Baby Boomer generation is aging. 1 8 B E V E R LY P R E S S . C O M
According to the Annenberg Foundation, in the next 10 years, more citizens will be over the age of 60 than under the age of 18 for the first time in the country’s history. Hence, resources for the demographic will become more and more crucial as time passes. That is among the reasons that the foundation is opening the Wallis Annenberg GenSpace in Koreatown in January. Located in the new Audrey Irmas Pavilion at Wilshire Boulevard Temple, GenSpace will offer programming, classes and events for older Angelenos. The initiative stems from an epiphany Wallis Annenberg had a few years ago, when she observed older residents at restaurants, movie theaters and parks by themselves. “It just reinforced for me that we don’t have what the psychologist Erik Erikson called ‘a concept of the whole of life’ – a way to embrace every stage of life as vital to our families, our communities, ourselves,” she said. “What I want to do with GenSpace is reimagine senior life – reinvent it – so seclusion is replaced with inclusion. So, aging brings us a time of new friendships, new ideas, new experiences. So, places like GenSpace can serve as a community space for the whole commu-
nity – a far cry from isolated and unwelcoming nursing homes.” Currently, the conversation about aging in America has been one-sided and bleak – a sad story made worse by the pandemic, Annenberg said. And that must change. “We need to turn the narrative on its head,” Annenberg added. “We need to embrace seniors for the enormous amount they’ve given us and still have to give. This is what our GenSpace leadership initiative is about. Overall, the reception to this latest project … has been great so far, but believe me, we’re just getting started.” Virtual programming for GenSpace began in June and includes courses on cooking, exercise, technology, finance and more. For information, visit genspace.la. Foundation philanthropy GenSpace is among a host of initiatives in progress at the foundation, which was created by Walter Annenberg, a publishing magnate and former U.S. ambassador to the United Kingdom. Like her father, Wallis has a long history of philanthropy, and her efforts have directed millions of dollars toward nonprofit organizations in the Los Angeles region. She said the best philanthropy comes from passion, from the heart. And it’s timely.
“I think good philanthropy has to be mindful of the times we live in,” Annenberg said. “That’s why we try so hard to keep up with pressing needs – like the need to expand easy access to vaccinations. And the need to promote diversity and inclusion. And the need to heal our fragile climate and environment. We’ll be moving more and more into the critical issues that are at the front and center of everyone’s lives in 2021, while sticking to our core mission as well.” The Los Angeles resident said the city is frequently the beneficiary of her giving for a simple reason: it’s home. L.A.’s diversity, its creativity and the “sheer breadth of experiences you can have in a single day” are the catalysts for her love and support, she said. “It was only natural that, as I took the reins of the foundation, its priorities would adjust to reflect my own,” Annenberg said, adding that L.A. has “gigantic canvas of need” that the foundation supports. “Our interests started early with empowering women and supporting women at the Downtown Women’s Center and identifying the underserved communities around our region that needed help and launching capacity building through our Alchemy project, which trains nonprofit leaders. With arts and culture grantmaking, we were able to support the arts in the Los Angeles region and beyond, including visual art and storytelling as engines of social
The Annenberg Foundation remains a family operation. From left are Gregory Annenberg Weingarten, Lauren Bon, Wallis Annenberg and Charles Annenberg Weingarten.
change.” She referenced the Annenberg Space for Photography and Annenberg PetSpace, a community center that endeavors to strengthen the bond between humans and animals. “All the while we continued to identify actual neighborhoods where we could step in and help to lift others,” Annenberg added. “Hopefully, we have been there for the L.A. region when it needs us, and we will continue to be.” AnnenbergTech Another Wallis Annenberg passion is
The Wallis Annenberg PetSpace in Playa Vista is another initiative close to Wallis’ heart. The community space aims to strengthen the bond between humans and their pets.
AnnenbergTech, which promotes diversity, social justice and community engagement in the private sector. The initiative was created after Los Angeles witnessed “exponential growth” in its technology sector several years ago, Annenberg said. The foundation wanted to ensure that members of all communities had access to the “surge of jobs and wealth,” she said. Thus, AnnenbergTech was born. PledgeLA followed. It is a consortium of more than 200 tech companies and venture capital firms that have vowed to promote diversity, equity and inclusion in their hiring practices and give back to the city that provided the landscape for their success. The initiative celebrated the third year of its venture capital internship program, in which 12 interns participated. Annenberg said more than 50% of its alumni have moved on to roles in the industry. Presently, AnnenbergTech is fundraising for the second round of grants for the PledgeLA Founders Fund, which provides “non-equity seed grants” to entrepreneurs in South Los Angeles, Annenberg said. “We need to keep pushing, keep striving,” she added. “And we’re going to. L.A. is a wonderfully diverse community, and we need to embrace that in every way. Our diversity only makes us stronger.” Continues on page 20 B E V E R LY P R E S S . C O M 1 9
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Wildlife Crossing at Liberty Canyon In hopes of benefitting mountain lions in Los Angeles County, the Annenberg Foundation recently donated $25 million toward the National Wildlife Federation’s campaign to build an animal crossing over the Ventura (101) Freeway in Agoura Hills. The California Wildlife Conservation Board on Sept. 2 donated $20 million to the foundation’s conservation challenge grant, leaving $6.5 million to be raised in order for construction to begin. “The whole idea may seem pretty simple, but it’s really profound and transformative,” Annenberg said. “These crossings restore ecosystems that had been fractured and disrupted. They reconnect lands and species that should never have been broken apart and need to be made whole again. I believe it goes beyond mere conservation, toward a kind of environmental rejuvenation that is long overdue.” Annenberg Retreat at Sunnylands The historic Sunnylands estate in Rancho Mirage was finished in 1966 and was originally constructed as a winter home for Leonore and Walter Annenberg. The 200-acre property opened to the public in 2012 and features the Sunnylands Center and Gardens, which is open Wednesday through Sunday. “The Annenberg Retreat at Sunnylands was and still is a remarkable gathering place for meetings of consequence,” Wallis Annenberg said. “So much history took place here. President Nixon worked on assembling his first cabinet there. Eight U.S. presidents have visited and done work at Sunnylands. Most recently, President Obama held a summit with Chinese President Xi Jinping and also gathered the ASEAN [Association of Southeast Asian Nations] leaders there as well. Monarchs from around the world, American presidents of both parties, top diplomats, the greatest artists and actors and musicians of their time – they all visited and interacted with one another. I suppose it made me pretty jaded, which is a good thing. 2 0 B E V E R LY P R E S S . C O M
The Wallis Annenberg GenSpace is expected to open in the new Audrey Irmas Pavilion in January and offer an array of services to aging Angelenos.
People are people, no matter what titles they may have.” She supposed that her experiences there have influenced her decisions and priorities. “By any measure, I’ve been very fortunate in my own life,” Annenberg said. “But it’s really true what Winston Churchill once said, ‘We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.’ I don’t want to simply sit around in some opulent home; that’s never been of interest to me. I want to give. I want to help others. I want to be an engine of change in the world.” USC Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism Annenberg, a former “TV Guide” and “Seventeen” staff member, said “real journalism” is “under siege right now by the very forces that have democratized information around the world.” However, the journalism school at USC is looking to change that. She said the best thing society can do right now – aside from promoting truth and science – is train the next generation of writers as well as possible. “It’s a confusing time, and a destabilizing time. We don’t have a Walter Cronkite now, a voice or a source we can all agree on. As a former journalist myself, it’s very troubling to me. But the changes in media – the explosion of news-as-spectacle and the rise of social media – can’t be undone.” How residents can help Annenberg said that almost all of the
foundation's major initiatives have been created with community involvement in mind. “My goal is to make L.A. better, more open, more inclusive – across a whole range of issues. So, it’s easy to get involved, and Angelenos could do it the way I have: by following their own passions, their own interests. In addition, we are always on stand-by to jump in and help with unplanned events and emergencies like the wildfires and helping our brave firefighters, or the pandemic where we continue to support equitable vaccine distribution. There is so much work to go around.” Her future Annenberg said the foundation is, perhaps, the busiest it’s ever been “at every single level.” She said staff members are “staying on mission” to mitigate the impacts of the pandemic. “The foundation has been working around the clock on all its initiatives, and new needs … come up every day. There is so much to be done to help others.” The philanthropist said she has no interest in retiring. “It’s been said that if you love what you do, you never have to work a single day. I’m extremely fortunate. I get to have an impact on the things I care about – by giving money, sure, but also by spotlighting and supporting real innovators, people who are solving our oldest problems in fresh new ways. It’s exciting to be a part of that. It’s exciting just to wake up in the morning. Why would I ever stop – ever?”
Running with Rick Caruso His political ambitions could be a developing story
hen The Grove opened in 2002, it immediately became an iconic L.A. landmark for Angelenos and tourists alike. The idea behind The Grove was to create a place of community, and the man behind this vision was founder and CEO Rick Caruso. As with all of his properties, Caruso meticulously plans every element, offering a personal touch. Caruso has used that ideology to transform the retail shopping experience, replacing enclosed, cold and uninviting megamalls with open-air marketplaces bustling with activity. Caruso propelled the shopping experience to new levels, offering upscale retail and dining together in spaces that are also part amusement park, part town square – rolled into one. “Our properties are designed for an experience,” Caruso said. “It’s a place where you can spend time with family and friends and relax and enjoy life in the 2 4 B E V E R LY P R E S S . C O M
way that it should be enjoyed. It’s much bigger than visiting a shopping mall. It’s creating a sense of community.” “[The Grove] brought new energy into the area. It completely changed the neighborhood.” Rick Caruso
When The Grove opened along Third Street next to the Original Farmers Market, it forever changed the local landscape, attracting crowds from the beginning. Visitors can walk along cobblestone streets or hop on the trolley – built on the undercarriage of an authentic 1950s Boston streetcar – and take a spin around the fountains which perform to music. Watch an epic movie, find the ideal gift or enjoy some Blue Ribbon sushi, while possibly catching a glimpse of a celeb.
One of many signature Caruso properties located in the Los Angeles area, The Grove joins The Americana at Brand in Glendale, The Commons at Calabasas, Palisades Village and the Promenade at Westlake. Further catering to those who enjoy the finer things in life, the Caruso portfolio includes the Rosewood Miramar Beach Resort in Montecito, a luxurious seaside getaway. Caruso said he is proud of how his properties transform communities, and The Grove is a prime example. The property has been a catalyst in Los Angeles, bringing a “bolt of energy” that made the entire neighborhood more desirable, he said. “It brought new energy into the area. It completely changed the neighborhood,” Caruso added. “Twenty years ago, it was a little forgotten. [The Grove] infused new life. It’s an amazing neighborhood, with Hancock Park, Beverly Hills, Mid-
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And the Oscar goes to …
The long-awaited Academy Museum opens Sept. 30
nce the curtain goes up on the corner of Fairfax Avenue and Wilshire Boulevard, visitors will bear witness to a history of film as an art form, as well as the process behind making movies and some of the best-known perks of working in show business. Visitors will see the horror of the creature from “Alien” and the child-like magic of Dorothy’s ruby slippers firsthand as the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures makes its premier Sept. 30. Most of the exhibits will be in the sixstory Saban Building, which is named after Haim and Cheryl Saban, who donated $50 million to help bring the project to life. Exhibits include a portion of the museum’s collection of 190,000 film and video assets, 12 million photographs and tens of thousands of other pieces of film history.
Much of the architecture of the museum’s 80-year-old former May Company Building has been preserved, including the gold tiles at the building’s entrance. The mosaic tiles, which adorn the cylinder at the front of the building, are made of 24 carat gold leaf and glass. To replace damaged tiles, the museum contacted the Italian manufacturer of the original tiles to help preserve the building’s façade. What is likely to draw much attention from passersby, however, is the Renzo Piano-designed, 45,000-squarefoot theater behind the Saban Building that some have likened to the Death Star from “Star Wars.” Others describe the sphere as looking like planet Earth. The large sphere contains the 1,000-seat David Geffen Theater and is topped by the Dolby
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Family Terrace, where some of the 2021 Academy Award nominees for Best Original Song performed as part of this year’s Oscars. The terrace also boasts views of the Hollywood Hills and the Hollywood sign. Another theater, the 288-seat Ted Mann Theater, will be in the Saban Building, as will Fanny’s, the museum’s restaurant and café that is being developed by restaurateurs Bill Chait and Carl Schuster and is supported by philanthropist Wendy Stark. “As a museum dedicated to the art, history and culture of the movies, we want to create spaces for discourse, reflection and conversation,” museum Director and President Bill Kramer said in a statement. “Our visitors will discover a full range of exceptional environments and experiences at the Academy Museum, including the opportunity to enjoy a meal or a drink at Fanny’s.” Exhibitions will examine the concept of filmmaking as a whole, while focusing on individual movies, artists and genres. When the museum opens, visitors will feel like they’ve stepped into “The Wizard of Oz” as they enter the lobby, with rare props like Dorothy’s ruby slippers and the Lion’s mane on display, said Shawn Anderson, the museum’s director of marketing and communications, in a 2019 presentation. Other exhibits include a retrospective of
Hayao Miyazaki, the Japanese filmmaker best known for animated films like “Spirited Away” and “My Neighbor Totoro.” “Regeneration: Black Cinema 19001970” will examine the successes and struggles of African Americans in the film industry. “The whole idea of the museum is to be a global museum, so while the focus is mostly on United States experiences, we also have to address the international influences,” Anderson said. As showtime draws near, the anticipation is mounting. This year’s Academy Awards ceremony served as a countdown to the September opening, as the museum was featured prominently in the April broadcast.
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The spherical David Geffen Theater is a landmark at the Academy Museum.
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An entire area covers the Oscars themselves. For those who want to feel like a star, the museum will feature 20 real Academy Awards, including one won by filmmaker Barry Jenkins for “Moonlight.” In a virtual presentation earlier this year, Academy Award-winning actress and museum trustee Laura Dern said, “augmented reality [will be used] to illustrate … the experience of walking onto the Dolby stage and accepting an Oscar.” The use of technology will not be limited to this section of the museum. The museum plans to use state-of-the-art tech in many places, including the final portion visitors will see before leaving. The tour concludes with a look to the future of movies, including where “leading filmmakers think cinema is headed,” Dern said. Guests have been eagerly awaiting the Sept. 30 opening, and in the meantime, the museum has been hosting discussions and educational events for the public, many of which focused on gender, race, sexuality and other aspects that have contributed to inequality in the film industry. It’s all part of the museum’s plans to incorporate all parts of film history – not just the pleasant portions – and truly become a place where all are welcome, said Jacqueline Stewart, chief artistic and programming officer of the Academy Museum, in a virtual presentation. “The Academy Museum is for everyone [and will] open eyes and minds,” she added. PHOTO COURTESY OF ????????
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Nothing like a coffee, a donut and a paper at Third & Fairfax
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nder a sleek exterior of shiny steel ribbons and flashy red paint, the finest automobile collection in the world is garaged at the corner of Wilshire and Fairfax. The Petersen Automotive Museum has the vehicles dreams are made of and showcases just about everything on wheels. From antique and vintage cars to electric vehicles and rare prototypes of the future, the museum is a world of wonder for automotive enthusiasts. Executive Director Terry L. Karges said the Petersen is specifically geared toward the guest experience. Crowds love to see famous cars from Hollywood movies, and a new exhibit that opened on Sept. 20 showcasing James Bond’s famous vehicles is a surefire hit. Visitors enter 007’s world of action and adventure with his most memorable modes of transportation. “[It’s] the largest exhibit we’ve ever done. There are 50 different objects, from the original Aston Martins to a one man helicopter to the submarine, and all the
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modes of transport that were featured in the Bond films over the years,” Karges said. “The timing is really exciting because the Academy of Motion Pictures Museum opens Sept. 30. We think that’s going to create some real excitement here at the corner of Fairfax and Wilshire.” Blockbusters are nothing new for the Petersen, which perennially fires up the engine on multiple new exhibits. The Petersen has a plethora of online programming, further reaching car enthusiasts around the world. Visitors can currently see an exhibit paying tribute to Porsche, a collection of exotic supercars such as Ferraris and Lamborghinis, Metallica front man James Hetfield’s personal collection of custom classics and an assortment of pioneering electric vehicles representing the future of automotive design and manufacturing. Karges said a new exhibit showcasing Formula One race cars from the personal collection of Mission Foods founder Juan Gonzalez is an example of how the museum has fostered
connections throughout the United States and around the globe. “[He] sent us a bunch of pictures of his Formula One car collection and said, ‘I’d like to see my car collection in the museum one day,’ and it turned out that one of the motor sports exhibits we had planned wasn’t going to work the way we wanted it to, and we called Mr. Gonzalez and said ‘Let’s do it right now.’” Karges said. “Those are things that happen now that didn’t used to happen in the early days of the museum. It has extended opportunities in so many different ways.” Founded by magazine publishing magnate Robert E. Petersen and his wife Margie, the Petersen Automotive Museum opened in 1994 as a space paying tribute to the automobile and its legacy. The museum has evolved over the years and now boasts a collection of more than 250 oneof-a-kind vehicles. Tour The Vault presented by Hagerty in the basement and see even more cars spanning more than 120 Continues on page 54
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The “Pfaffenhausen Speed Shop-The RUF Gallery” exhibit explores the legacy of Porsche.
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years of automotive history, many rarely on public display. “We have a lot of new content in the museum. We probably have 100 new cars,” Chief Operations Officer Michael Bodell said. “We are an encyclopedic collection. We can tell the chronology of the automobile, or we can do it thematically. There is a lot of potential for us to go down different paths about how the car has impacted society and culture.” Educational programs are an important part of the museum, comprising its largest department. Children can enjoy interactive car-themed activities and see things that instill a lifelong love for automobiles, Karges added. “Right at the front door of the museum, there’s a full-sized Lighting McQueen (from the Pixar film ‘Cars.’). Little children walk in the museum and turn around, 5 4 B E V E R LY P R E S S . C O M
see him and run and hug Lightning McQueen. If that doesn’t get your heartpounding, nothing will,” Karges said. “The joy these children have in seeing one of their heroes in real life brings so much joy and is so rewarding.” The Petersen Automotive Museum also stays true to its roots paying homage to car culture. The stories behind the vehicles are an important part of the experience, Bodell added. “What makes cars special is the people behind them. One of the things we love to highlight is that we are past, present and future,” he said. “We have cars from the early 1900s all the way into the future. Cars that are prototypes right now. Our entire purpose of existence and our responsibility is to preserve the history and the history as it’s being created today.” The museum also has an eye to the future, and it looks very exciting, Karges
said. Ideas for growth are currently in the research and development stage, but just as the automobile has evolved over the decades from Model Ts to the autonomous vehicles, the Petersen is prepared to transcend into the finest automobile collection of tomorrow. “Because of the exposure we’ve had, the opportunities are endless,” Karges said. “We are actually right now looking at a whole new future for the museum. We’re talking about doing some further building here on the building itself. We are considering where the next museum campus might be and what collections might be there, and what exhibits will be displayed. We’ve got a lot to do here before we consider another campus, but those thought processes have begun. We want to make sure, of course, that it’s the best car collection. We are defining what the overall collection is and what it could be too.”
The Most Interesting Man in the World BY AARON BLEVINS
ith his resume, CedarsSinai’s surgical pioneer Dr. George Berci could make a solid case to replace former Dos Equis pitchman Jonathan Goldsmith as the Most Interesting Man in the World. From surviving conscripted labor for the Hungarians in 1944 during the Holocaust, to revolutionizing the field of endoscopy, to celebrating his 100th birthday in March, Berci has lived a life worthy of 5 6 B E V E R LY P R E S S . C O M
a Hollywood film. “It was actually pathetic,” Berci said of his birthday and the celebration that accompanied it at Cedars this past spring. He added that he was pleased to visit with colleagues, take some videos and eat a slice of “very good” cake. “In other words, it was very nice.” The semi-retired surgeon was born in Szeged, Hungary, on March 14, 1921. Berci grew up in both Hungary and Aus-
tria, and he experienced anti-Semitism at a young age, having been ostracized and forced to sit in the back of the classroom with other Jewish students in the 1930s. He washed cars to pay his private school tuition after Jews were banned from attending public schools. In 1942, Berci was enlisted to serve the Hungarians under the direction of the German Army. In 1944, as a conscripted Continues on page 58
laborer, he was loaded onto a train headed to a concentration camp when it stopped near Budapest. And then the Allied bombs fell. “Everybody disappeared,” Berci said. “So, we disappeared too.” He earned his medical degree in Hungary in 1950 and returned to Budapest in 1953 to help create one of the first experimental surgical programs in Europe. In 1962, he developed a miniature video camera that hooked up to an endoscope and provided surgeons with larger images with which to work. “You saw more,” Berci said. “You saw easier.” After his work was noticed by CedarsSinai’s founding director of surgery, Dr. Leon Morgenstern, Berci worked for the department of surgery as a visiting scholar before joining the hospital and creating the medical center’s multidisciplinary endoscopic surgical division alongside Morgenstern in 1970. At Cedars, Berci helped create a minimally-invasive endoscopic procedure that reduced patients’ pain and recovery time. Soon after, patients began to demand that their doctors offer it, he said. “This changed completely the picture,” Berci added. Then, Berci and his team began implementing the system in other areas of health care, such as urology and pediatrics. “If you’re looking around today, in every specialty, they are using our basic ideas. I’m very proud of it.” “We extended this to a large number of procedures,” the centenarian said. “It was accepted, in a few years’ time, by everybody … If you’re looking around today, in every specialty, they are using our basic ideas. I’m very proud of it.” Berci said his work at Cedars sent him around the globe – to China, Europe, South America, “you name it.” “In other words, Cedars was a very im5 8 B E V E R LY P R E S S . C O M
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Dr. George Berci helped revolutionize the field of endoscopy by developing a minimally-invasive endoscopic procedure.
portant key factor to introduce this procedure,” he added. Berci has been honored in numerous ways: the Jacobson Innovation Award from the American College of Surgeons, the Society of Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons’ creation of the George Berci Lifetime Achievement Award in Endoscopic Surgery and an honorary doctorate from Semmelweis University. He was also a founding member of the International Biliary Association. Berci has authored more than 200 scientific papers, and 12 books. He has also produced for more than 40 films. In fact, reading, writing and teaching is most of what he does these days at the medical center. Berci, who no longer sees or operates on patients, said he’s currently
only on the hook for two days a week at Cedars-Sinai, although he is technically retired. “The tempo has decreased because you know why,” he said. “This keeps me above water. I’m reading a lot. I’m writing. In my past time, I studied music, and I like music. It’s another area where I get some satisfaction and interest.” Berci’s sense of humor is certainly still intact. When asked how long he’d been retired, he commented, “Too long.” Would he actually retire and spend some time lounging? Berci ducked the question. “Unfortunately, we don’t have a couch here,” he added. “It would be nice. I will recommend a chair, right? And mention that you recommended it, OK?”
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come in small fossils BY AARON BLEVINS
The bubbling Tar Pits hold secrets to the past and could provide a glimpse into the future.
he mammoths and saber-toothed cats may be the crowd pleasers at the La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, but it’s often the little guys that steer paleontologists to the biggest discoveries at the world-famous excavation site, ya dig? In fact, scientists at the county museum are primed to reveal and soon publish some of their latest findings related to “microfossils” – further proof that the museum is more than a display of ancient artifacts, assistant curator Regan Dunn said. “The mind goes wild with ideas on what would make really cool experiences for the public, just to help them understand that we’re not just a museum of old dusty bones,” she added. “We do research here. Our collection of old dusty bones and old dusty plants, they really have a major importance on our understanding of past events and the future. We have researchers here on site that are doing that work all the time. We have researchers coming from all over the world to study these fossils, because they are so unique.” Many people do not recognize the importance of analyzing 6 0 B E V E R LY P R E S S . C O M
plant fossils and listening to the stories that they are trying to tell. The majority of those stories have headlines about climate change, Dunn said. She is particularly interested in vegetation changes, their patterns and how they relate to climate changes. Alterations in the vegetation are often spurred by a change in the atmosphere, such as a “big burp of carbon dioxide, for instance, like what’s happening now,” Dunn said. “So, the plants are the first things that experience the change to the atmospheric chemistry, because plants are really the interface between the atmosphere and life on Earth,” she added. “It’s really important to understand what happens to the plants because everything else depends on the plants.” At the end of the Pleistocene, or Ice Age, temperatures rose and impacted plant life, which led to changes in mammal communities and, inevitably, the extinction of “megafauna,” Dunn said. The end of that time period was also punctuated by droughts and fires, “all those things we see today,” she said.
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“all those things we see today,” she said. “It’s extremely relevant to the problems that California is facing today and in the future. And so, understanding how this all went down in the past gives us a unique view on how the future might go, but also how to try to mitigate those circumstances as well.” There is no better place to do that than at Dunn’s office. It provides a glimpse into the beginning of the end of that era, which saw 75% of the world’s large-body animals go extinct, the assistant curator said. “That’s something that the Tar Pits documents really well, probably better than any place on Earth,” Dunn said, adding that the timing of the extinction event coincided with the arrival of humans in North America. “We can capture those changes right here. It makes it a really unique site to be able to put all the pieces together.” Those pieces will form an intact puzzle in the form of exhibits when all is said and done. “One of our goals for getting this work done and really trying to understand the whole story here, of the fossil ecosystem, is so that we have a really compelling, interesting story for future exhibits,” Dunn said. She added that a lot of research has been completed since the museum opened in 1977. While the museum’s exhibits have undergone some “refreshing” through the years, many have remained almost the same, Dunn said. “It’s almost like a time capsule into the 1970s. …We have a lot of new information to present to the public.” Although climate change is their primary focus now, paleontologists at the museum literally pull new ideas out of the ground every day. Dunn said there are “millions of projects” that the museum has hardly touched. Furthermore, research conducted at the site just leads to more and more questions. “We don’t have all the answers, you know? Just endless questions and endless possibilities.”
THE TAR PITS RE-ENVISIONED
The La Brea Tar Pits and Museum is in the midst of transforming its facilities, and officials with the Natural History Museums of Los Angeles County have selected a firm to guide that multi-year process. WEISS/MANFREDI will work with NHMLAC to facilitate public engagement, master planning, design and construction at the 13-acre campus in Hancock Park. According to the museum, the design process of the project’s master plan will take several years and will be presented to the community. The firm’s project team includes L.A.-based experiential designer Karin Fong, of Imaginary Forces; California ecology and water conservation expert and horticulturist Robert Perry, of Perry and Associates Collaborative; paleobotanist Carole Gee; naturalist and artist Mark Dion; and designer Michael Beirut, of Pentagram. Several consultants will be involved as well. The WEISS/MANFREDI design – “The La Brea Loops and Lenses” – will create a triple mobius that connects “Research and Revelation,” the site of the excavation pits and research; “Community and Culture,” the site of the museum and its green spaces; and “Spectacle and Urban Fictions,” the site of the lake. The concept strives to redefine the site “as a continuously unfolding experience, connecting three distinct identities that are latent within the park today,” according to the firm. The idea is to present the separate entities “on one journey, with programming that appeals to diverse interests and constituencies – from paleontology to bird watching, from science to play.” For information, visit tarpits.org/reimagining-la-brea-tarpits. B E V E R LY P R E S S . C O M 6 1
BEVERLY WILSHIRE HOTEL 93 years of sitting pretty on Wilshire Boulevard
or nearly a century, the Beverly Wilshire, a Four Seasons Hotel, has welcomed everyone from Hollywood royalty and renowned dignitaries to Beverly Hills locals and international travelers to its storied property. With a prime position overlooking Rodeo Drive and ornate European inspired interiors, the hotel has become an iconic feature of the Beverly Hills landscape, immortalized in several popular films. The hotel embraces its place in cinema history with a few tongue-in-cheek nods, including a signature drink served in their THEBlvd restaurant that might leave a person feeling “pretty.”
A historic hotel The hotel, originally called the Beverly Wilshire Apartment Hotel, was constructed in 1928 on the site of the former Beverly Hills Speedway, a board track that once ranked second in the country after the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. At the time, only 1,000 people resided in Beverly Hills, and the nascent city was still largely undiscovered. In 1940, the hotel unveiled a new name along with sizable renovations, including the addition of a grand ballroom, an Olympic-sized swimming pool and professional tennis courts helmed by tennis champion Pancho Gonzalez. Throughout the 1950s, celebrities and prominent politicians flocked to the hotel’s Copa Club Bar and hosted galas in the ballroom. In 1971, The Beverly Wing expansion opened, featuring four new dining concepts and a new Mediterraneanstyle pool modeled after the pool at Sophia Loren’s Italian villa. In 1987, the National Register of 6 2 B E V-
Historic Places added the Beverly Wilshire to its esteemed list. After completing $65 million in renovations, the luxe property joined the Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts family in 1992.
Featured in film While the hotel appears in several popular films including “Clueless,” and “Sex and the City: The Movie,” it first gained worldwide recognition in the 1980s and 90s when it was the central backdrop of blockbuster films “Beverly Hills Cop,” and “Pretty Woman.” And with the shops of Rodeo Drive just steps away, guests today can still realize their Julia Roberts-inspired shopping spree dreams.
Delectable dinners Whether sharing a dinner on a private balcony or feasting along Wilshire Boulevard, the hotel offers a host of unique dining experiences including chef Wolfgang Puck’s CUT. The high-end steakhouse menu features indulgent items like a 40-ounce prime tomahawk steak and maple-glazed pork belly. The hotel’s signature all-day restaurant THEBlvd prepares fresh, local cuisine under the direction of chef Amir Nematipour. Diners can sip on the Feeling Pretty cocktail, a spirited combination of Perrier-Jouë t Brut Champagne, raspberries and rose petals inspired by “Pretty Woman.” The restaurant also offers an extensive wine list of new and old world varietals. The quality and care put into each dish is especially palpable in a seemingly simple appetizer of grilled sourdough drenched in olive oil and topped with a garlic confit, fresh tomatoes and basil. The freshness of the seasonal ingredients makes this leveled-up bruschetta a must-try starter to set the tone for your meal. A garlic-spiced char-grilled chicken served over a bed of couscous delivers a healthy dose of spice, artfully tamed by the chef’s inclusion of a pomegranate seed garnish. The restaurant embraces worldly influences with dishes like seared scallops over woon sen noodles in a tom kha gai broth. TheBLVD’s delectable dessert selections include the Cocoa Bar, featuring a chocolate moelleux sponge with cremeux, cocoa nib nougatine and a hazelnut crust - delicious! Escape to TheBlvd for a night of luxury while enjoying an innovative dinner in a grand space at the iconic Beverly Wilshire hotel.
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Farmers Market ... then and now The Gilmore story begins Arthur Freemont “A.F.” Gilmore, founder of the A.F. Gilmore Company, bought 256-acres of land near the corner of Third and Fairfax in 1880 and started a dairy farm. At the time, the city limits of Los Angeles were located far to the east. Up from the ground come a bubblin’ crude
While drilling new wells for water, Gilmore discovered oil. Soon, oil derricks covered the dairy farm, and they remained in place until the city of Los Angeles’ boundaries expanded around the market, and the city no longer permitted oil derricks on a large scale.
Fill ‘er up with Gilmore Gilmore gas stations fueled the city’s automobiles. More than 3,500 filing stations sold Gilmore products. The company’s gas pumps had glass containers so customers could see the colored gasoline. A reconstructed station stands at the Market today, a great place for a photo op. Entrepreneurs have ‘an idea’ In the 1930s, entrepreneurs Fred Beck and Roger Dahlhjelm sold Gilmore’s son, Earl Bell Gilmore, an idea for an outdoor market where farmers could sell fresh produce.
ket was born. Permanent stalls were built for grocers, restaurants and merchants, and still stand today. Racing at Gilmore Stadium Fans flocked to Gilmore Stadium, which opened in 1934 near the corner of Fairfax Avenue and Beverly Boulevard. Weekly auto races were held, as well as football games and boxing matches. Hollywood influence The Farmers Market has long attracted Hollywood celebrities, including Shirley Temple, who appeared at Brock’s Candies in 1936 to raise awareness for the Red Cross.
Farmers Market debuts A dozen farmers and merchants parked their trucks near Third and Fairfax in July 1934, and the Farmers Mar-
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The Babe The Gilmore Field baseball stadium, located next to Gilmore Stadium, opened in 1939 and was home to the Hollywood Stars, which moved to Los Angeles from San Francisco and played in the Pacific Coast League. Babe Ruth was once a special guest at a Hollywood Stars game at Gilmore Field. Gilmore oil keeps revving The A.F. Gilmore Company continued to produce petroleum products and gasoline and used memorable delivery trucks. Gilmore Oil operated until 1945, when it was purchased by the Socony-Vacuum Oil Company, a forerunner of Mobile Oil Company. World famous Clock Tower In 1948, the Clock Tower became a
landmark at the Farmers Market. The tower features the iconic phrase “an idea” in tribute to Beck, Dahlhjelm and the market’s original tenants. Marilyn Monroe Actress Marilyn Monroe appeared at the Farmers Market as Miss Cheesecake in 1953 at the grand opening of Michael’s Cheesecake, owned by former Polish diplomat Michael Gaszynski. Ol’ Blue Eyes and famous guests Vocalist Frank Sinatra frequented the market and enjoyed Patsy’s Pizza. The market hosted President Dwight Eisenhower, who admired the peanut butter machine at Magee’s Nuts. A few years later, the Beatles visited and Ringo Starr wrote a thank you note from the band.
Celebrating 75 years Comedian Jeff Garlin hosted a celebration in 2009 for the Farmers Market’s 75th anniversary, during which A.F. Gilmore Company CEO Hank Hilty honored Phyllis Magee, former proprietor of the Magee’s Kitchen, the market’s longest-operating restaurant.
Gilmore Heritage Auto Show Automotive enthusiasts will return to the Original Farmers Market for the Gilmore Heritage Auto Show on Sept. 26. Approximately 50 American classics, custom cars, hot rods and trucks will be on display. Phyllis Magee
Monsieur Marcel Monsieur Marcel took over the market’s grocery store and has become a premier gourmet food purveyor. French delicacies and imported cheese, charcuterie, wine, olive oil, sauces and chocolate line the aisles. Monsieur Marcel expanded with a Parisian-style bistro, as well as a seafood market and an oyster bar, Roxy & Jo’s. Du-Par’s Du-Par’s Restaurant and Bakery, a mainstay at the Farmers Market since 1938, serves hearty entreés, salads and sandwiches, and its famous hotcakes. Longtime employees keep the tradition alive, serving comfort food in a
pleasant atmosphere. Former manager Frances Tario purchased Du-Par’s in 2018 and the restaurant remains a favorite among locals and visitors. Pick up a freshly baked pie at their bakery.
Music at the Market The market currently hosts a variety of entertainment and special events, including live music on the patio. At the new Market Tavern, Gary Twinn and The Longshadows rock Sundays at 5 p.m. And as Gary says, “Come eat, drink and rock ‘n roll!”
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A century of satisfying cravings at Canter’s Deli B Y E D W I N F O LV E N
lide into a comfortable booth at Canter’s Deli in the Fairfax District and prepare for a culinary adventure that started nearly 100 years ago in Jersey City, New Jersey. That’s where siblings Ben, Joe and Ruby Canter started Canter Brothers delicatessen in 1924, offering traditional Jewish fare with a distinctive
East Coast style. Seven years later, the brothers moved to Los Angeles and opened a new deli on what was then Brooklyn Avenue in Boyle Heights. With deli classics like matzo ball soup, freshbaked challah bread and corned beef and pastrami sandwiches, the family-owned business became very popular in a neighborhood that was once the center of Los Angeles’ Jewish community. After Ben Canter and his wife, Jennie, became the primary proprietors, the delicatessen moved to a space at 439 N.
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home away from home.” Just thinking about the menu at Canter’s Deli can make one nostalgic – and hungry. Open 24 hours every day except Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, the deli offers a full complement of breakfast, lunch and dinner selections, including delectable deli sandwiches. The corned beef rueben is the most popular, Jacqueline said. Those with larger appetites can try the Fresser, with hot corned beef and pastrami piled extra high on rye, and the Brooklyn Avenue, with a
choice of corned beef or pastrami, coleslaw and Canter's Russian dressing, made fresh in-house daily. Jacqueline said the original recipes are part of the secret to Canter’s success, and signature items like potato salad, coleslaw, tuna salad and knishes have remained the same for nearly 100 years. “We still make our own pickles and bake most of the things in our bakery,” Jacqueline added. “Everything is made the
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Fairfax Ave. in 1948, and the name was changed to Canter’s Fairfax. With Ben Canter’s daughter, Selmo Udko, and her then husband, Harold Price, the Canters purchased the Esquire Theater at 419 N. Fairfax Ave. in 1953 and created the restaurant that diners flock to today. There have been a few additions over the years, including a second dining room in 1959 and the world-famous Kibbutz Room bar in 1961, but the landmark restaurant still bears many of its defining features. In front, the iconic marquee from the former theater remains and retro signs welcome guests. Inside, a décor reminiscent of East Coast diners of yesteryear connects customers to the past. “For many people, it feels like a place of comfort,” said Jacqueline Canter, a third generation member of the Canter family who currently operates the deli with her brother, Marc. “You can come in, have chicken soup (which she refers to as Jewish penicillin because of its healing properties) and comfort food. Canter’s is a
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same way it always has been.” The food has attracted a faithful following of people from all walks of life, and many are regular customers. “There are people who eat three meals a day at Canter’s,” Jacqueline added. “It’s multi-generational. We have people who came as children and now bring their children and grandchildren to Canter’s.” The delicatessen has also been a favorite for celebrities over the years. Marilyn Monroe, Jack Benny, Cary Grant, Gregory Peck, Danny Thomas, Elvis Presley and the Beatles have all dined at Canter’s Deli, as have Madonna, Mick Jagger, Al Pacino, Cher, John Travolta, Bruce Willis and Robert Downey Jr. Nicholas Cage met his first wife Patricia Arquette at Canter’s, Jacqueline said. Many political figures have also stopped in, including President Barack Obama, who visited while on the campaign trail in 2014. “There is also a lot of rock ‘n’ roll history with the Kibbutz Room,” Jacqueline
said. Members of Guns N’ Roses and the Red Hot Chili Peppers have been regulars over the years, and Jakob Dylan and the Wallflowers were once the house band in the Kibbutz Room, Jacqueline added.
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Another part of the nostalgic charm of Canter’s Deli is the staff, almost all of whom have been with the restaurant for decades. Servers and customers often know each other by name. “One gentleman, George Kay, has been here 57 years, and some of our customers have been coming here for that long too,” Jacqueline said. “We all pour our life into it, and that’s how you stay a success for over 90 years. People see that, and that’s why they keep coming back.” Canter’s has also maintained its tradition while keeping up with modern times. Customers who can’t make it to the Fairfax District can place delivery orders online via Postmates in Pasadena and Santa Monica, and a new location has opened in San Jose. “We are always thinking about new ways we can connect with our customers and keep them happy,” Jacqueline added. “Canter’s has been around for nearly 100 years, and our goal is to be there for another 100 years.”
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The city of Los Angeles dedicated the intersection of Melrose and La Brea avenues as Pink’s Square in 2018.
ink’s Hot Dogs has been an L.A. destination for visitors from around the world since 1939. From the moment you get in line at Pink’s Square near the corner of Melrose and La Brea, the smell of grilled hot dogs wafts over you. Pink’s offers sidewalk walk-up counter service by friendly employees who have worked at the stand for years. Owner Richard Pink, his wife, Gloria, and his sister, Beverly Pink-Wolfe, ensure that dining at Pink’s is a memorable experience. With 40 different hot dogs and 12 types of hamburgers, Pink’s offers something for everyone’s taste. “Pinks represents history. It’s a commitment to serving the people of Los Angeles with great food,” Richard said. “It’s part of the culture of our city. Pink’s is a fun spot, and L.A. is a fun place. After all, L.A. is the entertainment capital of the world, and Pink’s is an important part of that.” Pink’s Hot Dogs started when Richard and Beverly’s parents, Paul and Betty Pink, were looking to go into business for Continued on page 74
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‘Tis not the season but who cares? The Abbey’s ‘massive’ toy drive benefits CHLA BY AARON BLEVINS
est Hollywood may have its fair share of hills and steep inclines, but they’re nothing compared to the mountain of toys collected annually by The Abbey and its patrons to support patients at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. For 16 years, the world-famous restaurant and bar has held its “Christmas in September” event to benefit CHLA, and its most recent fall holiday celebration was held on Sept. 21. The Abbey’s general manager, Todd Barnes, said the event is a gift that keeps on giving. “We really have been able to fill the whole venue with toys,” he said. “It’s really amazing.” More than a decade ago, The Abbey
founder and CEO David Cooley met a gentleman at the bar and struck up a conversation. They discussed the man’s job at the children’s hospital and its need for toys in the fall, when its inventory runs low. Cooley offered to do a little promotion, and things snowballed from there. “Over the years, it just grew and grew and grew,” Barnes said. “We had partners that joined in, and we’ve collected, I’d say, millions of toys since we started. We have some great partners that help us out in getting massive amounts of toys. It’s really just for the kids.” The event itself is a celebrity affair. Elton John, Kyle Richards and the Kardashians are among past attendees and hosts. Fittingly, it snows on the red carpet
prior to the event. Barnes said The Abbey transforms into a “winter wonderland,” complete with elves, a “hunky” Santa Claus, a drag queen named Mrs. Claus and a DJ spinning Christmas music. Organizers bring in a giant sleigh to fill with toys throughout the evening. Guests who bring an unwrapped toy for children up to 17 years old get a drink ticket from The Abbey’s beverage partner, which has been Ketel One the past two years. Everyone rocks Christmas gear or ugly sweaters. It’s just a lot of fun, Barnes said. “Out of everybody, I think the owner, David, enjoys it more than anybody else,” he added.
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Patrons of The Abbey donate a mountain of toys every September.
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“We’ve always given back to the community in so many different ways, and I think that this one is something that touches everybody’s heart when you know the sick children are in the hospital, and some of them are alone without their families. When you just know that they are going to be getting this toy, it just brings warmth to your heart. It all comes down to … this is for the kids.” CHLA volunteer resources manager Rosby Lamm said “Christmas in September” is one of the hospital’s largest privately-held toy drives. She said the event at The Abbey is “truly magical” every year. “I don’t know of a team that pulls off an event more fabulously and efficiently than The Abbey does,” Lamm added. She said organizers at the restaurant and bar try to outdo themselves every year, and that “they are true to their word.” Even in the midst of a pandemic, participants still found a way to benefit CHLA patients. The children’s hospital continues to see toy donations decrease in the fall each year, as most toy drives are held during the actual holiday season. However, the hospital’s needs are year-round, and the toys donated in West Hollywood go into “production” right away, Lamm said. They’re used in every aspect of the hospital’s mission, and they are more than a toy or a gift. Toys enable team members to engage with patients and complement the bedside elements of the patient/caregiver relationship, Lamm said.
“Play is a child’s natural form of development,” she added. “Just because a patient or a child is in the hospital, that doesn’t mean that their development stops.” CHLA is “eternally grateful” to the community for its generosity and The Abbey for being a “true and constant” partner throughout the years, Lamm said. “I can’t thank them enough. I will sing their praises … forever.” CHLA collects toys year-round and is in constant need of baby rattles. To help, visit chla.org/toys.
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themselves. They saw an advertisement for a pushcart for sale and relished the opportunity. “They found a site at the corner of La Brea and Melrose that was available for rent for $15 a month. My mother and father bought the cart and wheeled it all the way up La Cienega to La Brea and Melrose,” Richard said. “My mother and father went to work cutting down all those weeds in order to put that hot dog cart there. They sold the hot dogs for 10¢ to people who stopped by.” Needing electricity, the Pinks bought a 100-foot extension cord from a nearby hardware store whose owner allowed them to run it down an alley and plug it into the store’s outlet. When their landlord raised the rent on the property in 1941 from $15 to $20 a month, the Pinks went across the street to a Bank of America branch and asked for a loan to buy the land. “They told the manager that they were going to be put out of business because they couldn’t afford the rent, but could
buy the land for $4,000. The bank manager asked if they had any collateral and they said, ‘No, all we have is a really good product,’” Richard said. “The manager said, ‘I don’t want you to leave. After all, where am I going to eat lunch? If you need $4,000, I’ll loan you the $4,000 so you can buy the property.’” The success of the stand was just a matter of time, Pink added. In 1946, a cousin who was trying to break into the construction business built the Pinks a permanent stand – the same one still on La Brea Avenue today. Eventually, Betty and Paul Pink passed the business to Richard, Gloria and Beverly, who proudly operate Pink’s Hot Dogs. “It’s always been a sidewalk counter that people could walk up to and smell the hot dogs cooking and see the buns steaming. It would really make you hungry,” Richard said. “We’ve basically been selling hot dogs like that now for 81 years.” Today, the experience of dining at Pink’s is just like it was in the beginning, with some modern twists and a variety of tasty toppings. Pinks Hot Dogs has also
been a celebrity haunt for years, and more than 300 celebrity photographs hang on the walls inside Pink’s. It’s not unusual to see someone famous in line at the stand. Some of the hot dogs are named after the celebrity clientele, such as the Brando Hot Dog, a 9-inch stretch dog with mustard, onions, chili and shredded cheddar cheese; and the Emeril Legasse Bam Dog, a 9-inch stretch dog with mustard, onions, cheese, jalapeno, bacon and coleslaw. The Pinks are proud the city of Los Angeles designated the intersection of La Brea and Melrose as Pink’s Square in 2018 in tribute to the family and the hot dog stand’s contributions to L.A. “It recognized that what was started as a little pushcart has become iconic in the city of Los Angeles. We were very proud,” Richard added. “Pink’s is now an institution. People come from all over the world to Pink’s. Some people tell me it’s the first place they visit when they come to Los Angeles. We are proud to be part of Hollywood and the city of L.A.”
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hen my parents moved from Boyle Heights to Martel Avenue and Melrose in 1956, the neighborhood was relatively quiet. Two decades earlier, the Fairfax area was not fully developed. Many residential lots were still bean fields which characterized the area in the first part of the last century. When we arrived, Melrose Avenue was a quiet commercial street with an occasional restaurant, liquor store or five and dime store. Traffic was light and the adjacent tree-lined residential streets had plenty of parking. The main neighborhood institutions were the iconic Farmers Market and Gilmore Field (at Beverly and Ogden Drive), the home of the Pacific Coast League’s Hollywood Stars minor league baseball team. But cities are not static organisms. Almost organically, they change to meet the needs of an evolving population. In the run-up to, and aftermath of World War II, the area’s population grew.
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Nestled between Hollywood and Beverly Hills, both businesses and residents were attracted to this spot. In the early 1950s, the CBS television network built its west coast headquarters, Television City, at Beverly and Fairfax. It was previously the
site of Gilmore Stadium, a 30,000 seat football and multi-purpose field. The Miracle Mile took shape as one of the most improbably successful commercial strips in the entire city of Los Angeles. Disconnected from any freeway offramp or public transit system, department stores, movie theaters and restaurants that served this community took up residence between La Brea and Fairfax. And in the mid-1960s, the county of Los Angeles chose the Miracle Mile as the home of its art museum – LACMA. In the mid-1970s, after the merger between Cedars of Lebanon and Mt. Sinai hospitals, the new Cedars-Sinai Medical Center opened to great fanfare. The campus has continued to expand and provides critical trauma and emergency medical services, as well as important medical research. Today, it is one of the largest employers in our community. The super block bounded by Beverly, San Vicente, Third Street and La Cienega was a popular amusement park and a pony ride. In 1981, they were replaced by the Beverly Center. After WWII, the Jewish population that had called Boyle Heights home began to move west. The Beverly-Fairfax area attracted a large portion of them in search of affordable home ownership, as well as religious and cultural institutions. Beverly and Fairfax was considered one of the centers of L.A.’s Jewish community. Fairfax Avenue between Beverly and Clinton was populated with Jewish delis, bakeries, book stores and kosher butcher shops. Fairfax High School’s student body was 90% Jewish, and the school all but shut down for the High Holidays. Most of the residents at that time were raised in the Great Depression era. It was heavily democratic, and FDR was idol-
ized. One October day in 1960, my dad drove me by the Fairfax Theater on my way back from school. The marquee read: “MRS. FDR, HERE TONIGHT.” Eleanor Roosevelt was in town to speak for John F. Kennedy at a campaign rally at the theater. I decided to ride my bike over there and listen to her. When I arrived, the crowd was already overflowing onto Beverly Boulevard. I snuck in through the theater’s back door and watched from stage left as Mrs. Roosevelt addressed the frenzied audience. She was given a rousing welcome. After all, Roosevelt was a god in the Fairfax area. Actually, God was a Roosevelt. When my late wife, Barbara, and I were married, we decided to buy a home here for three reasons: It was affordable (we had saved enough money to make a down payment on our house), we loved the neighborhood’s character and it was centrally located close to all of the institutions that were important to us. We were 20 minutes from downtown, where I worked; 20 minutes from UCLA, where Barbara worked; and 20 minutes from LAX. Today, it takes 20 minutes just to get from La Brea to Fairfax, but we never regretted our decision. In recent decades, new developments, such as The Grove, have been built in this area. The Miracle Mile, which had an anemic period in the 1970s and ’80s, got a new lease on life. New development took root, as the area became even more attractive to employers and residents. Over time, the Roosevelt generation gave way to younger ones, and old businesses gave way to new ones that catered to a new Continues on page 76 B E V E R LY P R E S S . C O M 7 5
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Melrose Trading Post brings community and school together B Y E D W I N F O LV E N
very Sunday, thousands of people flock to the Melrose Trading Post on the Fairfax High School campus to find something fabulous from the more than 240 vendors selling antiques, collectibles, vintage clothing, art and handcrafted goods. The Melrose Trading Post has been a community gathering space since 1997, when actors and founders Pierson Blaetz and Whitney Weston were looking for a way to bring arts education to students at Fairfax High. At the time, few people in the community seemed to care about
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the school or reached out with support, they said. With a background in arts nonprofits and a desire to get involved, Blaetz and Weston heard about a meeting with parents and the principal, and thought it was the perfect opportunity. “We thought there was going to be this big library full of parents with lots of ideas and we would see how we could work with them. When we walked in the door, there were two parents and the principal sitting at a table,” Weston said. “We told them we were from the community, and there was really a sense of
fear that if you’re from the community, you are here to complain. We explained that we wanted to help. The principal was on board and said, ‘We love you guys, but we need money.’” The pair started brainstorming, and Blaetz remembered there used to be a flea market at Fairfax High years ago. They latched on to the idea and received school approval to launch the Melrose Trading Post. “Our idea was to do it one time as a fundraiser for the school. Pierson had the idea, let’s do it every week, and we have been doing it every Sunday for almost 24 years,” Weston said. “We had maybe 40 vendors in the beginning, and Whitney and I were actually on the street offering free lemonade [and saying], ‘Come on in,’” Blaetz recalled. “Over time, more vendors showed up, and we were able to build out the market.” The Melrose Trading Post made it possible for Blaetz and Weston to fulfill their dream of bringing arts education to
tool of how we do that.” The success of the trading post lies in its connectivity and a unique blend of merchants and family entertainment. Food trucks are parked onsite and live music is played throughout the day. The $5 entrance fee, combined with the proceeds from renting spaces to vendors, generates the much-needed money for the school and its arts programs, Blaetz said. “That’s why people feel it’s a relaxing and interesting place to be, because it’s really mission-driven over just making money,” Blaetz added. “We see ourselves as the original local. The creative crowd shops at our market, and the creative crowd sells at our market.” “And if you just want to people watch and have a taco, you can do that too,” Weston added. Blaetz announced that the Melrose Trading Post’s educational mission is expanding beyond Fairfax High into working with local elementary and middle schools to provide arts education and
community exposure. He also said a professor at California State University, Los Angeles will soon begin studying the Melrose Trading Post’s business model, exploring its potential as a transformational way for schools around the world to raise money and support the arts. “It’s a very unique approach to using public school property when students aren’t using it,” Blaetz added. “That’s the essence of what we do. It’s a smart way to use the property that benefits the school and the community.”
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Fairfax High School. The trading post has raised $10 million, half of which has gone directly to the school, and the other half to the nonprofit Greenway Arts Alliance, through which Blaetz and Weston provide opportunities for students in drama, spoken word and theatrical performance. Greenway Art Alliance offers in-school and after school arts programs that otherwise wouldn’t be available at Fairfax High School. The project has had a positive impact on countless students thanks to funds raised by the Melrose Trading Post, they said. The Melrose Trading Post employs 40 Fairfax students where they learn customer service skills and receive coaching in job interviewing and resume building. They also serve as school ambassadors for the community, which was one of the initial goals in starting the trading post. “Our core mission, the essence, is building community, making connections in our community,” Blaetz said. “It’s all about connecting people. We are community builders, and the arts is the
The foundation of our community BY BRYNN MECHEM
s students throughout Los Angeles head back to campus, school leaders have planned events and purchased new equipment to ensure a safe and fun school year. From fundraisers to new swimming pools, here’s a look at what’s going on at school. Beverly Hills High School Beverly Hills High School is a fouryear, college-oriented learning institution that offers more than 180 courses designed to help students receive skills they need to succeed. Students enjoy an array
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of elective choices within the areas of fine arts, technical arts, performing arts, culinary arts, robotics, journalism and medical science. Students returned to campus, located at 241 S. Moreno Drive, with a new block schedule that the Beverly Hills Unified School District implemented at the beginning of the pandemic. Fairfax High School Named for Lord Fairfax of Colonial America, Fairfax High School opened its doors at 7850 Melrose Ave. in 1924. Fairfax was initially designed to be an agri-
Middle school students swim in the newlyrenovated pool at Immaculate Heart Middle School.
Immaculate Heart High School and Middle School Now in its 115th year, Immaculate Heart welcomed students back to campus
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cultural and mechanical school with 28 acres of campus for school programs such as landscape gardening, forestry, architecture and agronomy. Now, Fairfax offers a dual-language Korean program, an international baccalaureate program and a police academy magnet. The school plans to host after school events.
Rosewood STEM Magnet Located at 503 N. Croft Ave., Rosewood provides students with an education focused on science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Principal Linda Crowder said the school community has much to look forward to in the coming year, including an official STEM certification. The first day saw the opening of a new
maker’s space for students. Within the space, students will have access to a 3D printer and a host of supplies necessary to build models. “We were so excited to welcome students back to campus, and now we’re ecstatic to give them opportunities for things they would not ordinarily have elsewhere,” Crowder said.
Caruso Hall is a key component of the $34 million 1901 Venice Boulevard Capital Campaign.
Loyola High School Loyola High School of Los Angeles, the oldest continually-operated educa-
tional institution in Southern California, unveiled Caruso Hall, a more than 26,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art building that has transformed the western side of the 21-acre campus located at 1901 Venice Blvd. Caruso Hall, named after businessman and developer Rick J. Caruso, is a main component of the $34 million 1901 Venice Boulevard Capital Campaign. The Caruso Family Foundation donated $4.5 million to the Jesuit preparatory school’s new building. Pilgrim School Pilgrim School, a college preparatory school for students in preschool through grade 12, was founded in 1958 with a commitment to enriching the mind, nurturing the spirit and enabling thoughtful moral choices. The school emphasizes community service opportunities throughout each grade level. High school students are reContinued on page 82
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and students splashed into the new school year with a fully-renovated pool. The school’s baseball field features a new batting cage and an amphitheater for outdoor classes in one corner. Principals Naemah Morris and Gina Finer said it’s exciting to see students return and celebrate school traditions together. “After so much time apart, being able to celebrate Immaculate Heart traditions together makes the return to in-person schooling that much more meaningful,” Morris said.
Cathedral Chapel School The school will kick off a year of events with a “free dress” fundraiser at the end of September in which students can donate a minimum of $5 to ditch their uniforms for a week. All proceeds will be split between the Missionary Childhood Association and a to-be-determined organization to aid those who were affected by the earthquake in Haiti and Hurricane Ida.
Marlborough School Marlborough School, a private campus for 7th through 12th grade girls at the corner of Third Street and Rossmore Avenue in Hancock Park, dates back to 1889, when founder Mary Caswell came to Southern California and started the St. Margaret’s School for Girls in Pasadena. The school upholds the core values established by Caswell: community, excel-
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lence, confidence and honor. The school’s STEM+ program offers a robust curriculum for all grades with classes introducing technology and coding in the context of regular course material. For example, math students use the Python programming language to illustrate mathematical concepts. As part of its 2025 strategic plan, the school will transform its partnership with Los Angeles to create a climate commitment that keeps pace with the city’s environmental goals.
Marlborough School, a private campus for 7th through 12th grade girls, dates back to 1889.
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quired to perform at least 20 hours of community service throughout the year. The 2021-22 school year marks the first full year for Patricia Kong, who was named head of school in April. Kong is a 20-year veteran of the campus, starting as an early education teacher after completing graduate school. She taught elementary and middle school classes, and later served as director of admissions and associate head of school.
In October, students on the campus at 755 S. Cochran Ave. will host a readathon. They will receive pledges from donors based on how many books they read. School leaders hope to raise enough money for 200 new iPads for students. Principal Tina Kipp said the tablets help students improve reading and math skills. “The iPads help us integrate technology into the learning that goes on in the classroom,” she said. “A lot of apps help improve student learning.”
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LA Phil will also premiere several works such as Julia Adolphe’s “Woven Loom, Silver Spindle” and Kaija Saariaho’s “Vista”at the Walt Disney Concert Hall.
LA Phil returns home Performances at Walt Disney Concert Hall start in October
he long-awaited return of the Los Angeles Philharmonic to Walt Disney Concert Hall will take place on Oct. 9 after a 572-day hiatus. Cue the timpani, the Los Angeles Philharmonic presents “Homecoming: A Special Concert & Fundraiser,” featuring vocalist Cynthia Erivo and pianist SeongJin Cho. Conducted by Gustavo Dudamel, the performance kicks off a host of fall concerts in which the orchestra releases the power of live music. During the concert, musicians will perform Tchaikovsky’s “Piano Concerto No. 1 (first movement).” They will also perform Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 1 and premiere “Kauyumari,” commissioned by the LA Phil and written by Mexican composer Gabriela Ortíz. Among the Huichol people of Mexico, “kauyumari” means blue deer. The blue deer represents a spiritual guide, one that is transformed through a pilgrimage into the hallucinogenic cactus, peyote. The deer 8 4 B E V E R LY P R E S S . C O M
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helps the Huichol communicate with their ancestors, and each year, the native Mexicans embark on a journey to hunt the deer. “When I received the commission from the Los Angeles Philharmonic to compose a piece that would reflect on our return to the stage following the pandemic, I immediately thought of the blue deer and its power to enter the world of the intangible as akin to a celebration of the reopening of live music,” Ortiz said of the piece. Pre-concert cocktails will be offered from 5:30-7 p.m. Dinner will be held at the Jerry Moss Plaza at The Music Center following the concert. Proceeds from the Homecoming Gala will support the LA Phil and its community programs, which bring music to 150,000 children and families each year. Highlights of the fall lineup include a performance with Australian singer RY X, a silent screening of “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” accompanied by a live organ and a series celebrating modern film composers. Another commission by Steven
Mackey, “Shivaree: Fantasy for Trumpet and Orchestra,” examines fringe states of consciousness through vividly characterized miniatures, bagatelles, fragments and interludes. “The idea was to traverse a wide range of emotions and colors, from light and whimsical to dark and profound, all presented as equal constituents of the human experience,” Mackey said. In December, the orchestra will help patrons get in the holiday spirit with performances such as “‘Home Alone’ in Concert,” “A Chanticleer Christmas,” “Holiday Sing-Along” and “Arturo Sandoval Big Band Swinging Holiday.” For a full lineup and to purchase tickets, visit laphil.com. The Phil will require proof of full vaccination and masks to enter concerts presented at Walt Disney Concert Hall. When children under the age of 12 become eligible for the vaccine, fully vaccinated children will be welcomed back to concerts at the hall.
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LACMA: Open for the public The museum forges ahead with its ambitious new building and continues to display ground-breaking art B Y R E B E C C A V I L L A L PA N D O
ACMA is open. Though the various stages of lockdown have at times quieted a typically bustling Miracle Mile over the past 18 months, LACMA has remained abuzz with both the visible construction of its new building stretching across Wilshire boulevard, and even more exciting work behind the scenes. When the museum welcomed guests back into its galleries on April 1, viewers were treated to six new exhibitions as well as a newly redesigned presentation of LACMA’s impressive Modern Art collection. The reimagined display, designed in collaboration with Frank Gehry, sees LACMA’s holdings of works by artists like Picasso and Giacometti in a new light, literally, with the gallery illuminated by the suffusive natural light of the top floor of the Broad Contemporary Art Museum building. This reframing of the existing treasures in LACMA’s extensive permanent collection gives viewers a taste of what the new Peter Zumthor-designed building will offer. Progress continues on the mammoth project, with construction on the new building expected to extend into the second half of 2023. Conceptually, the gallery design of the singular space places art from all areas of the museum’s diverse collection in a single horizontal plane, giving equal footing to works of art across 8 6 B E V E R LY P R E S S . C O M
all mediums, eras and provenance. The new building will cover approximately 347,000 square feet and add 3.5 acres of park space for outdoor exhibits, events and programs. In the meantime, LACMA continues to offer an excellent lineup of exhibitions in the nearly 100,000 square feet of gallery space of the BCAM and Resnick Pavilion buildings, including a display of the instantly iconic Obama portraits. Beginning Nov. 7, LACMA will present “The Obama Portraits Tour” and the complementary exhibition “Black American Portraits,” curated by Christine Y. Kim, curator of contemporary art, and Liz Andrews, newly appointed executive director of the Spelman College Museum of Fine Art. From the moment of their unveiling at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery in February 2018, Kehinde Wiley’s portrait of President Barack Obama and Amy Sherald’s portrait of First Lady Michelle Obama inspired instantaneous public acclaim. In an effort to share the works with more people across the nation, the portraits will embark on a five-city tour, beginning at the Art Institute of Chicago (where the young Obamas shared their first date), and continuing on to the Brooklyn Museum, LACMA, Atlanta’s High Art Museum
and The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. LACMA’s presentation and the “Black American Portraits” exhibition will engage more deeply with the power that portraiture wields. “Black Americans have always used the medium of portraiture to envision ourselves,” Andrews said. “Black American Portraits” will feature works spanning 200 years, with portraits from the 19th century and Harlem Renaissance to contemporary works by artists like Titus Kaphar and others by Sherald and Wiley. Most pieces will come from LACMA’s permanent collection, with some works being displayed publicly for the first time, including a quilt by artist Deborah Willis. Andrews hopes “the Obama portraits will draw people in, but the impact of the Black American Portraits is what people will leave with.” The exhibitions come at a critical cultural time when some institutions are seeking to engage with last summer’s mobilization for racial equality. Continues on page 99 Barack Obama by Kehinde Wiley, 2018, oil on canvas, National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, © 2018 Kehinde Wiley; Michelle LaVaughn Robinson Obama by Amy Sherald, 2018, oil on linen, National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution.
A legacy of love through food
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BY BRYNN MECHEM AND COURTNEY ECHERD
Richard Ayoud with Chef Juan
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he expression of love through food is not a new concept. It can be seen in the homemade apple pie from grandma or the hand-crimped empanadas at Nonna’s. But a Los Angeles nonprofit takes the concept one step further. “Food can be a great expression of love, but we’re firm believers in the fact that food is medicine,” Project Angel Food executive director Richard Ayoub said. Project Angel Food, which now delivers 2,300 meals to those in need daily, was born from a desire to turn to solutions rather than despair in the height of the
AIDS crisis. With a 33-year history, the organization has faced its challenges as it provided more than 14 million meals to those in need. Born from necessity In 1989, Project Angel Food was founded by Marianne Williamson as an outreach program of what was then known as Los Angeles Center for the Living, which helped individuals who have life-threatening illnesses. On the heels of the AIDS epidemic, Williamson set up a volunteer kitchen on the corner of Fountain and Fairfax avenues to cook meals for those with AIDS.
Volunteers cooked comfort foods such as meatloaf and mashed potatoes. Williamson then organized other volunteers to deliver the meals to patients’ homes. “Think about that for a minute,” Ayoub said. “Everyone was nervous because it wasn’t clear how you could contract AIDS, but there were a lot of fearless volunteers that said, ‘We and they are human beings and we need to take care of them.’” The nonprofit held its first fundraiser, which brought in $11,000, and continued to serve meals to those in need, though the focus shifted to how the volunteers could help improve the lives of those living with HIV. Volunteers found that by giving patients a nutritious meal, their viral load could be lessened. In essence, food could be used as medicine. And if food could be used as medicine, why not expand the nonprofit’s reach to more patients? Attracting the stars In 2004, Project Angel Food’s scope of
service grew to include those with heart disease, lung disease, kidney disease, cancer, diabetes and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Today, the organization supplies about 95,000 meals a month. Patients receive anywhere from one to three meals a day depending on their illness. Each meal is medically-tailored to a patient’s illness, and registered dieticians regularly meet with clients to discuss their diet. That type of service doesn’t come without its financial challenges, but Ayoub said the nonprofit has always been rich in support, even from some of Los Angeles’ famous figures. In 1993, when the organization saw a growing number of referred AIDS patients, Ayoub said there was a moment when staff thought it wouldn’t be able to make payroll. One day, an envelope appeared on the doorstep that said, “Dear Project Angel Food, keep doing what you’re doing. Love, George.” Enclosed was a check for $25,000. “It was from George Michael,” Ayoub
said. “And it kept coming each year until he died and his family reinstated it after his death. He was always there for us.” But the “Careless Whisper” singer isn’t the only famous name on nonprofit’s roster. Most recently, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex began volunteering. “When you get celebrities like Harry and Meghan to deliver meals, you suddenly get this halo effect around your organization,” Ayoub said. “We are very grateful for the support throughout the years.” Surviving hardship Like most organizations throughout Los Angeles, Project Angel Food was greatly impacted by COVID-19. In 2020, the organization went from serving 1,500 people a day to 2,300 to help those who were at a greater risk should they contract COVID-19. At the same time, it wasn’t able to accept the help of its 4,700 regular volunteers. But staff knew they had to persevere. Continues on page 90
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For Brad Bessey, head of communications and talent relations, days spent connecting with clients are special, made even more important by the isolation many felt during the pandemic. “Sometimes when we show up to deliver food, I know I’m the only conversation that person might have had in the week,” Bessey said. “Part of being critically ill comes a feeling of isolation and we want to change that.” In 2020, Project Angel Food increased its scope from providing roughly 650,000 meals a year to more than 1 million, something Ayoub said he was proud to do. “It’s just an incredible feeling,” Ayoub said. “How often do you get to work at a place where just by showing up, you’re making the lives of 2,300 people better?” Now, Project Angel Food is involved with two studies seeking to prove food can be used as medicine. The first, in partnership with Medi-Cal, is measuring how healthy meals effect the wellbeing of those with congestive heart failure. The second,
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Project Angel Food cooks and serves 2,300 meals daily.
in partnership with University of Southern California’s Keck School of Medicine, measures the effect of nutritional food on Native Americans with diabetes. “We want to participate in these studies to prove to health plans and governmental agencies that not only is food medicine, but a nutritional diet is something they should invest in so we can feed more people,” Ayoub said. Without the continued support of both volunteers and donors, Ayoub said the organization would not run. About 20% of
Project Angel Food’s funding comes from the government while another 80% comes from private donations. There are 80 payroll employees at Angel Food and the rest of the work is performed by volunteers. “People often say, ‘Project Angel Food will always be there and they’ll always be OK,’” Ayoub said. “But we have to keep reminding people that it’s because of them we’re OK. But what’s amazing is that L.A. never lets us down. Whenever we have a need, people come through for us.”
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Hamilton returns to the stage – cue the goosebumps. BY AARON BLEVINS
ive hundred and twenty three days had gone by, and Angelenos had been through so much since then – deaths, hospitalizations, cancellations, closures, layoffs, quarantines, loneliness, boredom and restrictions. The show certainly may not have resolved all of these ills in the grand scheme of things, but when the curtain raised on “Hamilton” at the Hollywood Pantages Theatre on Aug. 17 after being postponed since March 2020, it facilitated a release of sorts for those in attendance. And they let it be known. “I have to tell you – that first performance – people showed up an hour and a
half early to get in,” said Jeff Loeb, general manager of Broadway in Hollywood, the parent company for the Pantages. “There was such excitement and such a desire to be back in that space, not just by the performers and musicians and our staff, but by the patrons. “Everyone came in, and at that first moment, when the show began, the audience just erupted in applause for over a minute, and the cast just had to stand there and take in that great moment. “You know they talk about live performances and theater and music, and it can be electric. This had something extra special in that moment. It meant so much to the
people on the stage, but I also think it meant just as much for the people in the audience, who had waited 17 months to see a live performance.” This summer, the cast and crew returned to the production for the first time since noon on March 12, 2020, the day of the first scheduled “Hamilton” performance, Loeb said. Everything was still wrapped in plastic just as they’d left it. Crew members checked to make sure all the equipment still worked, Loeb said, and the cast had to ensure that their costumes still fit (add weight gain to the list of pandemic woes). Technical rehearsals were Continues on page 92 B E V E R LY P R E S S . C O M 9 1
Sculptures and fountains on display in Beverly Hills BY BRYNN MECHEM
everly Hills offers countless opportunities to view art and learn about the city’s history, whether in a gallery or strolling Rodeo Drive. The free variety of artistic and natural marvels encompass 100year-old parks, street pop art and the city’s beloved Greystone Manor. With a public art ordinance requiring developers to either purchase a piece of art for their property or donate to the Fine Art Fund, and an arts commission dedicated to bringing world-class work to the city, Beverly Hills is a destination city for art-lovers. Since 2015, more than 70 pieces have been chosen to adorn the city landscape, and most of them can be viewed by way of walking tour.
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“Life is Beautiful” In the Golden Triangle between Santa Monica Boulevard, Canon Drive and Wilshire Boulevard sits the perfect photo opportunity. “Beverly Hills is Beautiful,” a work by street artist Mr. Brainwash, rests in Beverly Cañon Gardens. Mr. Brainwash, whose real name is Thierry Guetta, is a protégée of artist Banksy. Mr.
Brainwash debuted “Life is Beautiful” in 2008 on Sunset Boulevard, and as part of Beverly Hills Open Later Days’ summer kickoff in August 2019, Mr. Brainwash unveiled “Beverly Hills is Beautiful” and two other sculptures that were added to the city’s public art collection. Bold art pieces stating “Life is Beautiful” and “Beverly Hills is Life” are located on Rodeo Drive and Santa Monica Boulevard. Passersby are encouraged to snap photos with the cast resin sculptures.
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“Peace and Love” The 1960s were all about peace, and who better to represent peace than musician and Beverly Hills resident Ringo Starr. The famed Beatles drummer donated “Peace and Love” to Beverly Hills in 2019. The 1,500-pound sculpture of a hand making a peace sign was installed in Beverly Gardens Park and now offers art-lovers a chance to flash a smile and their own peace sign. “We want to be a city of love and peace,” then-Mayor John Mirisch said when the piece was installed. “This symbolizes that.”
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“Torso” “Torso” was commissioned by the Rodeo Drive Committee to function as the centerpiece for the Rodeo Drive Walk of Style. Introduced in 2003, the Walk of Style honors style legends for their contributions to the worlds of fashion and entertainment. Honorees are presented with permanent plaques featuring personal quotes and signatures, which are then embedded in the sidewalks along Rodeo Drive. Crafted from aluminum blocks by sculptor Robert Graham, “Torso” stands 14 feet tall. Graham’s work typifies the almost anatomically exact rendition of the female figure. Stroll through the parks The city boasts 10 public parks with offerings ranging from tennis courts to historic mansions. Whether sitting in a manicured courtyard or meandering along a paved trail, the city provides a park for all. Continues on page 96
Beverly Gardens Park The city’s most iconic park offers 1.9 miles of greenspace and a photo opportunity with the Beverly Hills sign. Developed in 1907 and expanded in 1930, the park stretches across 23 blocks and accounts for nearly one quarter of the city’s public park space. A multimillion-dollar restoration project in 2014 brought petfriendly amenities and flat pathways for joggers. The park contains four water features, including a lily pond at Canon and Beverly drives, four pergolas, two rose gardens and two cactus gardens. Also featured are several sculptures such as Yayoi Kusama’s “Hymn of Life: Tulips,” a collection of 20-foot steel tulips. Greystone Mansion & Gardens Purchased by the city in 1965, Greystone Mansion & Gardens offers sprawling acres and a step back in time. The property was first owned by Edward Laurence Doheny, one of the first people to strike oil in Los Angeles. Construction on the Doheny Estate, which started in 1927, took three years and cost more than $3 million. In 1955, the family sold the mansion to Henry Crown, who never moved in and instead rented the property to film studios. Now, the 18.3-acre site functions as a public park. Tours of the mansion are currently closed, but visitors are free to roam the gar-
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dens. The park was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1976, and in 2013, was designated as Beverly Hills Local Historic Landmark No. 4. Will Rogers Memorial Park Located at 9650 Sunset Blvd., Will Rogers Memorial Park opened in 1915 as the first municipal park in the city. The space originally was named Sunset Park, but in 1952, the city renamed it after entertainer Will Rogers, who was appointed as the first honorary mayor of Beverly Hills in 1926. The 5-acre park sits across from the Beverly Hills Hotel. In 2015, its fountain was named after Margaret J. Anderson, who built, owned and operated the hotel for more than 100 years and donated the land to the city in 1915. Now, the park includes rose gardens, a dragon tree and a pond with fish and turtles.
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Back to business as usual at The Wallis BY AARON BLEVINS
will follow. Shows by BODYTRAFFIC, a ballet and hip hop dance troupe, begin Oct. 14. The TL Collective, which blends contemporary dance with theatrical hip hop, will perform at the end of October, and the Ate9 Dance Company will return at the beginning of November. “It’s going to be very exciting to be bringing them and continuing our support of L.A. dance companies, which is what we’ve been focusing on for the last few years,” Crewes added. At the end of November, The Wallis will present “Love Actually Live,” a musical rendition of the 2003 holiday film, for the third time. Crewes said the first two productions were phenomenally successful. “We thought that, after this big hiatus of 18 months or so, it’s going to be a great show for people to come back and see, because it’s just going to [make] them full
Violinist Anne Akiko Meyers will usher The Wallis back indoors during her performance on Oct. 2 alongside pianist Fabio Bidini.
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fter enjoying summer outside, The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts has taken its programming back indoors, as the public-private institution returns to an upgraded Bram Goldsmith Theater this fall. The Wallis’ return to the indoor stage begins at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 2 with violinist Anne Akiko Meyers and pianist Fabio Bidini performing a new arrangement of Archangelo Corelli’s Sonata in D minor. “We’re very excited to be presenting work again, back on stage,” Artistic Director Paul Crewes said. “And we’re starting with music. …We’ve got [singer] Jennifer Holliday. We’ve got [comedian] Sandra Bernhard. We’ve got Anne Akiko Meyers. And so we’re starting with music, then we’re bringing some dance companies.” Performances by three Los Angelesbased dance groups – all led by women –
Jennifer Holliday will be accompanied by local musicians on Oct. 9 at The Wallis.
of joy and life and excitement and energy,” he said. “It’s one for the feeding of the soul.” While staff members at The Wallis are excited to return, planning the programming for the 2021-22 season has been challenging. Crewes said the center has announced the first half of the season, and the second half will be released in October. However, the artistic director was willing to share a sneak peek into The Wallis’ end-of-season offerings. “We are working on a project, ‘King Lear’ with Joe Morton,” Crewes said. “Joe Morton, people know as an actor. In ‘Scandal,’ he played the father of Kerry Washington, but he also was with us as an actor in ‘Turn Me Loose’ two or three years ago now. And it was a brilliant one person show about Dick Gregory. And he was amazing in it. So he’s a fantastic, phenomenal actor.” Patrons of The Wallis can anticipate Morton’s interpretation of the Shake-
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TL Collective will perform at The Wallis in October.
spearian ruler in May. Even though the second half of the season has not been confirmed, Crewes said audience members can expect the same range of productions that they have seen from the center in the past. “The intention is to continue where we left off,” he added. “We’re continuing to build our audiences. We’re continuing to develop our relationships with artists. We’re continuing to support L.A.-based artists in all the work that we do, when we present theater or present dance or music, as well as keeping an eye on the national and international work that we can bring to L.A. that otherwise wouldn’t be seen here.” While The Wallis spent July and August outside, workers upgraded the Bram Goldsmith Theater with HVAC improvements, new equipment and sound and audio improvements — a bit of “tidying up” in general, as Crewes put it. “So, we’ve managed to do a few things like that just to get the building really in great, great shape,” he added.
LACMA: Black American Portraits From page 86
Together, “The Obama Portraits Tour” and “The Black American Portraits” exhibitions will show works that project Black strength, freedom and joy, rather than pain and hardship. Heralded by the arrival of the Obama’s portraits, the shows will be cause for celebration and reflection. “I was really adamant about installing the Obama portraits so that when the viewer is looking at the portraits, they are facing north, conjuring notions of the North Star and the Underground Railroad, facing freedom and reminded of the continued quest for freedom,” Andrews concluded. In addition to the artworks themselves, the LACMA presentation of “The Obama Portraits Tour” will include teacher workshops, curatorial tours and public community celebrations. While LACMA will seek to democratize how museums display art to the public with the Zumthor building project, that work is certainly well underway in the museum’s thoughtfully curated upcoming exhibitions and public programming.
Elizabeth Catlett, Sharecropper, 1952, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, gift of the 2011 American Art Acquisitions Group, © 2021 Catlett Mora Family Trust/licensed by VAGA at Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY, photo © Museum Associates/LACMA
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leaming arched windows staged with crystal vases, designer flatware and sparkling jewels frame the grand entrance to GEARYS Beverly Hills. For the last 91 years, GEARYS has stood proudly on Beverly Drive, enticing casual passersby and local Beverly Hills residents alike with their curated collection of luxury gifts and lavish pieces. From humble beginnings in 1930 as a small neighborhood store, GEARYS has grown into a renowned purveyor of fine goods, furnishing client’s homes with elegant baubles and filling china cabinets with delicate dinnerware. With a strong reputation of impeccable service and unrivaled selection, loyal customers trust GEARYS with everything from wedding registries to holiday displays. From Gucci timepieces and Versace flatware, to Baccarat crystal and Wedgewood China, GEARYS evolves to accommodate contemporary tastes while staying true to a tradition of luxury. Tom Blumenthal views his role as president and CEO of GEARYS as much more than a job. Blumenthal’s family has operated GEARYS for three generations, with Blumenthal working at the store for over 35 years and running the show for the last 19. “It goes way back,” Blumenthal mused. “We’re still independent and family owned, so it’s kind of a rarity in this day and age. 1 0 2 B E V E R LY P R E S S . C O M
So many of the stores [in the area] are corporate and big brands, but we’ve been here for 91 years doing what we do and giving back to the community is a big part of that.” Though steeped in rich tradition, GEARYS and the Blumenthal family remain committed to growing and changing with the community. Blumenthal eagerly welcomes feedback from his customers. “I always say we grew up with Beverly Hills,” Blumenthal said. “I wake up every day like it’s our first day in business, and I look at it like I’m opening my doors for the first time and I can’t wait to see what the customers think.” Blumenthal recognizes the store’s special resonance with longtime customers, noting, “We have clients that have been generational. Some people that were registered in the store, their parents and grandparents registered at the store.” GEARYS’ role in family traditions is especially palpable during the holiday season, with many customers making a trip to the festively decorated store to pick out ornaments from the massive Christmas tree that rises above the garlands of the sweeping staircase and nearly reaches the second story ceiling. “This is their store,” Blumenthal said. “Especially for people
A shifting political landscape A conversation with Congressman Adam Schiff
T Adam Schiff has served as a U.S. representative since 2000.
hroughout Adam Schiff’s career as a United States congressman, he has exemplified his commitment to public service beginning with making the government fiscally accountable, ensuring universal health care is available and fighting for low income individuals and members of the middle class. Perhaps one of the most recognizable members of Congress, Schiff’s 11 terms serving in the U.S. House of Representatives are evidence of both the support from his constituents and the proficiency with which he achieved goals. As chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, he has worked to combat terrorism, end military conflict in the Middle East and prevent cybercrime. As a House manager on the impeachment of Donald Trump, he revealed a
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like Roger Stone lied to our committee and was convicted of it and convicted of trying to intimidate other witnesses into lying to us. Barr saw the sentencing recommendation, and Trump didn’t like it, so Barr reduced the sentencing recommendation. Continues on page 106
Adam Schiff addressed the crowd at the 2017 Pride festival in West Hollywood. Joining him were Congresswomen Nancy Pelosi, far left, and Maxine Waters.
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myriad of improprieties committed by the administration. His unwavering determination to seek truth and accountability has thrust him into the national spotlight, a mantle he has been reluctant to accept. Nonetheless, his determination to expose the deeds and crimes of many that may have sought to undermine the basic tenets of our democracy has been relentless. Schiff availed himself for an hour-long discussion with the publishers of the Beverly Press and this reporter in his Burbank office, where a wide scope of topics were touched on. Schiff provided insight into many areas, specifically the insurrection on Jan. 6. “Among the most harrowing footage, to me, was as they were ransacking the speaker’s office,” Schiff said. “To see her staff rush into this conference room and lock the doors, and to see this one insurrectionist banging his shoulder against the door and breaking through to where they were hiding under a table … it was traumatic. It was a real desecration of the Capitol and of our Democracy.” Schiff now serves on the committee investigating the insurrection. As a frequent voice of opposition to the Trump presidency, he also wants to hold the U.S. Justice Department officials from that administration accountable and he is pushing for further investigation of influence peddling and politicization. “Former Attorney General [William] Barr intervened to reduce the sentences of those who lied to protect the president. People
Ultimately, they made the whole case go away by granting a pardon to Stone,” Schiff said. “In the case of Michael Flynn – another person who lied to federal authorities to cover up – Barr intervened again to make that whole case go away, to dismiss the case. These are among the most grave abuses of the Justice Department. Then you had other cases that were fast-tracked to go after the president’s enemies like Andrew McCabe.” Schiff is hyper-focused on threats to national security as chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. He said China is his primary concern, because that country’s rapidly evolving technology has allowed it to close the gap with the U.S. in economic and military strength. He also sees Russia as a threat in terms of cyber-attacks and disruptions to U.S. elections, but Schiff said he believes China is the biggest long-term threat to U.S. interests. “China is an extraordinarily capable rival in every domain – in space, on land, at sea, in foreign policy, diplomacy, development assistance and the cyber-realm. I think we have disinvested in research and development, and disinvested in education, and we have been fiddling while China has been rising. If we want to remain a global superpower and have an economy that can compete and succeed globally, we are really going to have to up our game,” Schiff said. The congressman also believes that more needs to be done to improve the lives of those in the low and middle-income popu-
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lations. The disparity among people from different socioeconomic classes has prevented many from achieving the American dream. The wealth gap has also contributed to the homelessness epidemic and caused division, Schiff said. “I think a lot of the xenophobic populism over the last four years has been driven by this wealth gap and the fact that half the country is just struggling to get by. Millions in the middle class are in fear of falling out, and those who have always wanted to be part of the middle class are losing hope that they can be a part,” Schiff added. “The reality is that the economy just isn’t working “Among the most harrowing footage, to me, was as they were ransacking the speaker’s office. It was a real desecration of the Capitol and of our Democracy.” Adam Schiff on the insurrection on Jan. 6, 2021
for millions of people. It isn’t allowing them to make a living and support their families. We’ve started to make some very important changes to address that, and the American Rescue Plan was among the most significant. With that single bill, we lifted half the children in our country out of poverty. It didn’t require rocket science. It just required a simple change to double the size of the child tax credit. [It] tells us poverty is a choice we are making, a
“I find it difficult to look much beyond my current job,” he continued. “I have thought about running for higher office from time to time and if the opportunity were to present itself, I may do so, but what that office U.S. Rep. Adam Schiff, center, toured the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank would be, I don’t in March 2021 and was joined by Michael Flood, right, president and CEO know,” Schiff of L.A. Regional Food Bank. added. “I know try to do a good job and the future will this sounds very Pollyanna-ish, but I’ve take care of itself. That’s what I am trying always felt that the best campaign is to to do.”
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policy choice. How much poverty are we going to allow?” Corporate America must also shoulder more responsibility in improving the quality of life of millions of workers, particularly those at the bottom end of the economic spectrum, he added. “I think the corporate responsibility is to make it so the employees can share in the profitability of the company. You can really see the transformation of our society in the difference between rich and poor when you look at the difference between compensation of executives and compensation of employees,” Schiff said. “We have to somehow change both the culture and the incentives. Right now, companies are chasing their quarterly profits.” Part of fighting for constituents is also making sure they have accurate information, and Schiff expressed his support for the media and, in particular, local journalism and its impact on communities. He cautioned against the pitfalls of inaccuracies on social media and said more attention should be paid to ensure the public has access to truthful, factual reporting. “I think a big contributor to the strife and division we’ve seen over the last several years is due to the nature of how people get their information, particularly on social media. The algorithms now curate what people see, what they don’t see, what they share and what they don’t share, and it is becoming increasingly difficult to talk to people because they live in separate worlds,” Schiff said. “I think the revolution in social media has been every bit as profound as the invention of the printing press. But we had centuries to get used to that innovation, and this has happened overnight.” The conversation turned a bit lighthearted when Schiff was asked a serious question by publisher Karen Villalpando. “It’s often been said Adam Schiff is a prime candidate for higher office. Would you like to be president of the United States?” Villalpando asked. “I thought you were going to ask me my favorite restaurants,” Schiff chuckled.
One perfect moment Seventy-five years of incredible, haunting, thrilling, shocking shots and sequences from 1946 to 2021 BY TIM POSADA
t an imperfect moment in the 1980s, one film inspired and slayed me in equal measure: Wolfgang Petersen’s “The NeverEnding Story,” adapted from Michael Ende’s novel. I could talk forever about the many sequences that work so well, but as a child, the most lingering occurred in the Swamp of Sadness, when young Atreyu loses Artax, pleading with his horse to resist despair lest being drawn into the black mud below. Powerful, yes. Traumatic, certainly. And definitely unforgettable. So what’s your favorite film scene? Not necessarily the whole film. Rocky’s motivational run, George Bailey’s angelic friend earning his wings, “The Godfather’s” baptism scene, Indiana Jones’ quickest take down of a foe or the shower scene in “Psycho.” How about Dottie catching a fastball barehanded or Darth Vader declaring, “I am your father.” 1 0 8 B E V E R LY P R E S S . C O M
Frankly, I can’t pick just one (how can I possibly choose between “Goonies never say die” and “Pulp Fiction’s” dance scene), so I’ve decided to include 75 moments from 75 years, commemorating all the movies that impacted us. Some you’ll know without need for the name; others, perhaps, are more obscure, embarking on all the various emotions of a perfect moment. Try to see how many you can name. To start, let’s consider the power of melodrama, a particularly disarming tactic. During Col. Jessup’s heated cross examination, he declares, “You can’t handle the truth,” before admitting complicity in a soldier’s hazing. Here, the colonel abuses his power, deeming his actions necessary, despite collateral damage, to ensure soldiers stay sharp and ready to serve. That’s a different approach than “The Dark Knight,” that heroic final mono-
logue by Commissioner Gordon educating his son on the complexities of heroism, justifying a big lie to the public to preserve the peace. But melodrama – the score, pacing, intensity of line delivery – co-opt our reasoning, forcing the film’s will upon us. Then consider iconic filmmakers mastery of the camera itself. A rather compelling weapon of the oldest audiovisual medium: something technically incredible. From “Lawrence of Arabia's” first landscape shot and an astronaut jogging without concern for gravity in “2001: A Space Odyssey” to an amazing long take in “Children of Men,” the masters employ the camera with untouched mastery. Practical effects like the monster’s design in “Predator” or the fiery tire tracks passing Marty and Doc as that DeLorean reaches 88 miles per hour just in time. A
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“Bruce the Shark” installation at the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures in Los Angeles .
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.S. Rep. Ted Lieu, whose 33rd Congressional District includes Beverly Hills, the Miracle Mile and portions of Hancock Park as well as much of the coast from Malibu to Palos Verdes, said he is hard at work in Washington, D.C., looking out for the interests of his constituents. After succeeding venerable U.S. Rep. Henry Waxman in 2014, Lieu has been reelected three times and is currently serving his fourth term in Congress. In 2020, he received more than 67% of the
vote, showing a high level of satisfaction among supporters. A longtime military veteran who served as an active duty U.S. Air Force officer in the 1990s and presently serves as a colonel in the Air Force Reserves, Lieu said he brings a military level of preparedness to Congress that has been especially beneficial during tumultuous times in recent years. “There are many, many things I am working on. I think the immediate issues that we need to focus on are to crush the virus and get the country moving again,”
Lieu said. “The vaccines have had a tremendous effect. I encourage anyone who has not gotten a vaccine yet to talk to their doctor about the benefits of being vaccinated. I do believe we will get back to normal sooner than later.” The congressman also said the $1.9 trillion allocated for relief in the American Rescue Plan has helped people nationwide. “The American Rescue Plan was designed to do four things: get shots into people’s arms, get people back in their
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jobs, get cash in people’s pockets and get kids back into schools,” Lieu said. “It’s already having an effect. Since January, more than 3 million jobs have been created, and unemployment claims have dropped by almost half.” Every American can play a role, and conveying factual information is paramount in ensuring the public is informed, Lieu said. “I think Abraham Lincoln had it right when he said public sentiment is everything. With it, nothing can fail; without it, nothing can succeed,” Lieu said. “I want everyone to know their power to shape public sentiment. For example, social media. If you write an interesting post, maybe you will affect someone in Beverly Hills or in Florida or Kentucky. Think about writing letters to the editor. If a lot of people write letters to the editor, then they will get their views heard and maybe start changing hearts and minds. And, it’s also about volunteering for causes and campaigns.”
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Lieu, who is a member of the House Judiciary Committee and House Foreign Affairs Committee, as well as co-chair of the Democratic Policy and Communications Committee, said he is proud to have brought about meaningful change in his district and nationwide. In Los Angeles, Lieu cited his support for renovations at the Veterans Administration Hospital campus in Westwood as one his proudest accomplishments. The project will have a direct impact on homelessness, as it will renovate many of the site’s buildings into housing for veterans. “I think the immediate issues that we need to focus on are to crush the virus and get the country moving again.” “Homelessness is absolutely a big problem in many parts of America. Locally, I am pleased with legislation with which I was involved regarding the West
Los Angeles VA – the whole new master plan for what some people had been calling for for decades,” Lieu said. “Traditionally, the federal government has jurisdiction over veterans who are homeless, but I am now working on legislation to help cities and counties with resources to address their homeless populations. The legislation will provide $5 billion over four years to cities and counties to address homelessness if all goes well and it’s passed in Congress. That is our hope.” The congressman also vowed to continue fighting for the truth regarding the Trump administration and supports the Congressional committee currently investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. Lieu said it is critical to hold those who organized the insurrection accountable. “I’m pleased that the House of Representatives has set up a bipartisan, select committee to investigate Jan. 6. We need to continue to look at what led up to Jan. 6, what occurred and the consequences
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of Jan. 6, so that we never have it happen again,” Lieu said. “If we don’t learn from history, there is a risk of repeating it, so that process will go on. I don’t think there should be any end game or any result that people have a preconceived notion about. I think prosecutors should see what the evidence is and follow it.” Addressing climate change will be one of the biggest challenges in both the immediate and long-term future, Lieu said, as the situation is growing more dire every year. “We are seeing more and more extreme weather events – whether it’s wildfires or drought or extreme heat – and if we don’t make changes soon, we are going to be inflicting much worse environmental conditions on our children and grandchildren,” Lieu said. “I do think it’s an existential threat to humanity as the years go on.” He also stressed the importance of local journalism and the role it plays in keeping people informed. Factual information is key, and the role newspapers and local media play in keeping people informed is important, the congressman said. “Local newspapers, and local news in general, plays a huge role,” Lieu added. “We know from poll after poll that people trust local news more than they do national news. Local news affects people right where they live, and it can bring people together.” Togetherness will be more important than ever in the future, as it will take cohesion and collaboration to keep America moving forward,
Congressman Ted Lieu is proud of the relationships he has forged with constituents.
Lieu added. The congressman said while higher office may be an option down the road, he plans to remain laser-focused on his work in the district and in Washing-
ton, D.C. “I love serving in Congress and representing the people of the 33rd Congressional District. I am very pleased how my colleagues elected
me to House leadership,” Lieu said. “Life is long, and who knows, but right now I really enjoy serving as a member of the House of Representatives.”
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Fatburger Lovie Yancey created a burger for the fat cats in 1947 verybody has their favorite burger joint, and in Los Angeles, there are many choices. To rise to the top, it takes tenacity, good business sense and, of course, a sensational hamburger. Lovie Yancey had all of those ingredients and then some in 1947 when she started Mr. Fatburger in front of her home on South Western Avenue in Exposition Park. Her idea was to offer fat, juicy burgers like those you’d get at home. Yancey named the operation after her boyfriend, who she called Mr. Fatburger because of his skill on the grill. A couple years later, the boyfriend was out of the picture, so Yancey dropped the “Mr.” from the name and became the sole proprietor of Fatburger. The rest is history. “It was a shack on Western Avenue out in front of her house. The boyfriend was out there cooking burgers for the Black entertainment community who would roll through there after their performances at night and get the best burgers in town,” said Andrew Wiederhorn, CEO of Fat Brands Inc., which owns the Fatburger chain. “It was in this era of ‘fat cats’ and ‘fat city,’ and she wanted to have these great big burgers, so she called hers fatburgers. There is really noth-
ing else like them.” Considered a pioneering female business entrepreneur, Yancey ran the chain for four decades and expanded it to more than 30 restaurants throughout the Los Angeles area, including a memorable location at La Cienega near Third Street that was popular after Lakers games, concerts and other events on the Westside during the 1980s. In 1990, the chain was sold to a group of investors that included Earvin “Magic” Johnson, Janet Jackson, Cher and other celebrities, and the chain continued to grow. In 2003, Wiederhorn’s investment company, Fog Cutter Capital, bought the chain and later
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Dressing Beverly Hills gents, celebrities and politicians since 1946 Malibu Clothes celebrates 75 years BY BRYNN MECHEM
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Stan Firestone, fourth from left and his sales staff made haberdashery an art form.
estled among bustling restaurants along Beverly Drive sits a men’s clothing store where any man looking for a suit can walk in and feel at home. Just a few blocks from Rodeo Drive, tailors measure shoulders and inseams and mark suits with chalk as they discuss the latest ball game or the news around town. In 1946, Bill and Stan Firestone opened one of the first men’s wholesale clothing warehouses in the West. Stan Firestone traveled all over the country to sell clothing; however, he kept his friends looking dapper by selling suits to them directly. In one case, a friend
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needed a black mohair suit to wear to a wedding. He sold his friend the suit for a few dollars over the wholesale cost, and soon found he was selling more items from the warehouse to his friends than he did on his trips. Stan Firestone then received a phone call from a wedding guest wanting to know if he could also come to the warehouse to purchase some attire. From there, the Firestones' customer base grew until in 1958, the family business - now Malibu Clothes provided suits called Malibu Clothes - moved for actors such as John into a building at 259 S. Beverly Forsythe in the show “Dynasty.” Drive. The store, now run by Stan’s son Rick Firestone, keeps an information card for every customer who has ever bought an item from Malibu Clothes. The customer list reads like a who’s who of influential politicians, athletes and Hollywood celebrities. Malibu Clothes also was one of the first retailers to supply major Hollywood studios with menswear for television and motion pictures. The store outfitted celebrities including Milton Berle and Cesar Romero, and TV shows such as “Dallas” and “Dynasty,” a personal favorite of Rick’s. “Dynasty was fun because everyone watched it and I probably knew the show as well as the costume designer,” Firestone said. “It was just a great experience.” Now, as the store celebrates its 75th anniversary, the family tradition has passed onto a new generation as Rick Firestone works alongside his son, Ian Firestone. The store’s secret to success, Rick Firestone said, is its “off-Rodeo” pricing and invested customer service. “Here you have the family that owns the business working handson with the customers,” Firestone said. “You don’t get that service or our prices anywhere else. Once you shop with us, you’re a customer for life.”
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partner” in helping bring the acceleration to fruition. “Not only are they advocates for expanding our regional transportation network through rail, but they’re also supportive of biking and alternative forms of transportation to make it safer and more accessible,” Horvath said. “It’s great to have open [conversation] to talk about connectivity and making our bike system and transportation issues more accessible.” Another key focus of local leaders, including these three mayors, is homelessness. “Each city has its own efforts, but regionally we know that homelessness is a problem that touches all of our communities, so we’ve partnered with some shared organizations and we’ve collaborated and shared ideas about what can work and what opportunities we have,” Horvath said. Beverly Hills Mayor Wunderlich said homelessness is a “daunting issue” requiring all cities in L.A. County to work together. “Those types of issues like homelessness are so large that they have to be dealt with on a regional basis. It’s the scale of the problem rather than any lack of cooperation on the
problem [that’s preventing progress from being made],” Wunderlich said. While homelessness is perhaps the most visible issue, others exist, including those that residents may not be aware. For instance, much of West Hollywood’s water comes from Los Angeles, but about 20% is supplied by Beverly Hills. “In addition, for emergency supply of water, we all cooperate so that if there should be an upset in one particular city that there are possibilities of being able to get water from our neighboring cities,” Wunderlich said. “We have interconnections with Los Angeles Department of Water and Power water lines, so if there were an upset, if there were a break in one of our mains, if an earthquake disrupted one of our mains, there are connections that could be opened up to Los Angeles, redundant systems to ensure a supply of water. And that would come into play if one city or another had needs fighting a wildfire or something like that, we had these connections mutually available to help each other out.” Issues requiring the cooperation of law enforcement can span city borders. While Los Angeles is served by the LAPD, Beverly Hills
has its own police department and West Hollywood contracts its services from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. “During the last year or more when there have been demonstrations in our various towns that have come into play, sometimes when there’s a particular event that will draw one or the other, it otherwise might leave fewer resources involved for general policing, we help each other out by utilizing resources from neighboring cities,” Wunderlich said. Given the necessity of cooperation between the three cities, Horvath said she’s “glad … that we’ve been able to work well together,” and she hopes that continues past Garcetti’s term, which might end before the 2022 mayoral race, as President Joe Biden has announced that Garcetti is his selection to be the next U.S. ambassador to India. “There are some mechanisms that bring us together on a regular basis, but I think it’s really intentionality that makes a difference,” Horvath said. “Making an impact on your neighbor, sometimes we think about just what’s in our immediate neighborhood. I’m glad most recently that we’ve been able to work well together.”
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proud the theater is one of the first buildings people see when driving west through Beverly Hills’ eastern gateway. The three-sided marquee illuminated in multi-colored neon lights is an eye-catching feature along Wilshire Boulevard. The Distinguished Speakers Series of Southern California is held at the Saban Theatre, with health expert and bestselling author Dan Buettner appearing on Oct. 17. Beverly Hills Temple of the Arts’ Rabbi David Baron encourages the public to attend a show or service and see the venue’s splendor for themselves. “In addition to our temple’s creative High Holy Days services, we also hold numerous community and cultural events,” Baron said. “As we return to live performances … we will be presenting concerts including Kenny Loggins, the Russian Ballet and many other world artists. We are committed to promoting spiritual and cultural experiences for our entire community.”
The Saban Theatre’s opulent auditorium has been meticulously restored.
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Digging up the latest scoop Every week, the Beverly Press and Park Labrea News highlights interesting articles, photographs and advertisements that have appeared in the newspapers over the years. They illustrate the dynamic nature of the people and places that call the community home.
Here’s to you, Mr. Robinson
A photograph depicting the 1929 Pasadena Buicks baseball team showed a 10-year-old boy who used to come to the team’s practices and shag balls. He is pictured sitting in front of the team. His name was Jackie Robinson.
‘Take Me Out to the Ballgame’
The Park Labrea News’ staff was hard at work digging up local news in the March 22, 1951, issue. Shown clockwise from top left are photographer Auburn Graves, editor and publisher Lu Weare, society editor Terri Bowman and advertising salesperson Marian Peltason.
Obama brings campaign to L.A.
Composer and Park La Brea resident Albert Von Tilzer was featured in the April 14, 1955, issue of the Park Labrea News with an article about his most famous song, “Take Me Out To The Ballgame.” A friend had given Von Tilzer a poem about baseball and the composer took a single line – “One, two, three strikes you’re out at the old ball game” – for a new song he was composing. The rest is history, as Von Tilzer’s musical creation became a lasting and memorable part of the sport of baseball. 1 2 4 B E V E R LY P R E S S . C O M
Then-U.S. Sen. Barack Obama appeared at a campaign rally at the Rancho La Cienega Sports Complex on Feb. 20, 2007. It was among the first of many visits Obama made to Los Angeles over the next 10 years. Rodeo Road, which was adjacent to the sports complex, was renamed as Obama Boulevard in 2018.
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The Space Shuttle Endeavour flew over Los Angeles on Sept. 21, 2012, on its final flight before being placed on display at the California Science Center in Exposition Park.
Marconda’s butcher shop in the Original Farmers Market opened in 1941 at the beginning of World War II. Today, 80 years later, Marconda’s is known throughout L.A. as one of the finest butcher shops around. Marconda’s owner Dave DeRosa, left, was pictured with longtime employees Dominick Martino and Jimmy Ritchie, circa the 1970s.
The start of a dynasty
Flight marks a dramatic homecoming
A royal welcome at the Tar Pits
Publishers Michael and Karen Villalpando had a special welcome for readers on Jan. 11, 1990, after taking ownership of the Park Labrea News.
The Doors break on through in Hollywood
Prince Charles got the royal treatment during a visit to the La Brea Tar Pits in November 1977. The Prince of Wales joined Tar Pits Museum founder George C. Page, center, and Los Angeles County Supervisor Kenneth Hahn in discussing the many prehistoric animals that once roamed the neighborhood.
Television Academy founder was longtime columnist
A campaign ad for John F. Kennedy ran on Oct. 27, 1966, signaling the beginning of one of the United States’ most significant political dynasties.
Guitarist Robby Krieger and keyboardist Ray Manzarek of The Doors received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Feb. 28, 2007. The Doors were among the up-and-coming bands in the 1960s that helped make the Sunset Strip a destination for music, frequently performing with iconic vocalist Jim Morrison and drummer John Densmore at the Whisky a Go Go.
Television writer and producer Syd Cassyd, founder of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, was shown with his wife, Miriam, on April 29, 1991. Cassyd was a longtime columnist for the newspapers. He received an Emmy Award that year for his support and service with the academy. B E V E R LY P R E S S . C O M 1 2 5
The glamour of the legendary Beverly Hilton Hotel BY JILL WEINLEIN
he Beverly Hilton Hotel has a history of hosting the most lavish award shows, charity events, weddings and extravagant black-tie galas. The venue combines the excitement and entertainment of Hollywood with the prestige of Beverly Hills. "The Beverly Hilton is home to over 200 events a year,” said Michael Robertson, hotel manager. “It’s been home to the Golden Globes Awards show since 1962.” In 1953, Conrad Hilton hired renowned architect Welton Beckett (other projects include the Capitol Records building and The Music Center) and Del E. Webb to build his flagship mid-century style hotel. At the grand opening two years later, uniformed herald trumpeters greeted guests, and Hilton invited champion swimmer and silver screen siren Esther Williams to inaugurate the Aqua Star Pool with a swim through floating white gardenias. "Hilton's goal was to bring Hollywood’s royalty to Beverly Hills to play, stay and dine. He knew just how to do it and his legacy continues today,” Robertson said.
The pool at the Beverly Hilton was inaugurated by champion swimmer Esther Williams.
The Beverly Hilton enjoyed its star power through the 1960s and 70s, which continued after the Hilton Hotels Corp. sold the property to Merv Griffin in 1987. In 2003, Beny Alagem and Oasis West Realty LLC purchased the 569-room hotel from Griffin for $130 million and spent an additional $80 million renovating the iconic hotel. Since then, an additional $19 million has been spent to refresh and update the property. The hotel is part of Alagem’s next project, One Beverly Hills, encompassing 17.4 acres. Robertson said the hotel is in huge demand with guests wanting to celebrate weddings, bar and bat mitzvahs and other events in a grand way. The outdoor garden space connects to the ballrooms, allowing outdoor and indoor space to meld together to accommodate up to 400 guests. It’s the place to “see and be seen,” Robertson said.
Congratulations Michael and Karen on the 75th Anniversary of the Beverly Press & Park Labrea News! Your paper is the first thing I read every Thursday morning. My company turns 25 on October 1, so I’ve got 50 more years to catch up to you! Best, Dan Harary President/Founder
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When asked by Edward R. Murrow during a television interview on April 12, 1955 who owned the patent for the polio vaccine, its inventor, Jonas Salk, responded: “The people, I would say. There is no patent. Could you patent the sun?” Jonas Salk 1914-1995 Perhaps the coronavirus vaccine patents could also be shared with the world.
Definitions of: insurrection: an act or instance of revolting against civil authority or an established government sedition: incitement of resistance to or insurrection against lawful authority
were outspoken, opinionated, bigoted, tolerant, black, white, open, passionate: in short, a fascinating mix of vigorous men. They were not, however, the most successful team in baseball.” Roger Kahn 1927-2020
Author, “The Boys of Summer,” 1971
“I bleed Dodger blue and when I die, I’m going to the big Dodger in the sky.” “I love doubleheaders. That way I get to keep my uniform on longer.” “If you start worrying about what the people in the stands are saying about you, before too long you’ll be up in the stands with them.” “My wife tells me one day, ‘I think you love baseball more than me.’ I say, ‘Well I guess that’s true, but hey, I love you more than football and hockey.’” Tommy Lasorda Major League Baseball Hall of Fame Manager 1927-2021
fascism: a political philosophy, movement, or regime (such as that of the Fascisti) that exalts nation and often race above the individual and that stands for a centralized autocratic government headed by a dictatorial leader, severe economic and social regimentation, and forcible suppression of opposition
With spring training underway, the World Champion Dodgers will be minus their #1 cheerleader and advisor. Tommy Lasorda spent 71 seasons as a Dodger. He will be missed, but he will always be up high in the Dodger blue sky. source: Baseball Almanac
source Merriam Webster Dictionary
“Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” John Emerich Acton 1834-1902
“At a point in life when one is through with boyhood, but has not yet discovered how to be a man, it was my fortune to travel with the most marvelously appealing of teams. During the early 1950s the Jackie Robinson Brooklyn Dodgers 1 3 0 B E V E R LY P R E S S . C O M
“The codfish lays ten thousand eggs, The homely hen lays one. The codfish never cackles To tell you what she’s done. And so we scorn the codfish While the humble hen we prize, Which only goes to show you That it pays to advertise.” Anonymous
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“Honor thy father and mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee.” Holy Bible Exodus: 20:14 Happy Father’s Day!
and a time Where a skinny Black girl descended from slaves and raised by a single mother can dream of becoming president only to find herself reciting for one Amanda Gorman Youth Poet Laureate Excerpt of Inaugural Poem January 20, 2021
“The Hill We Climb” When day comes we ask ourselves, where can we find light in this never-ending shade? The loss we carry, a sea we must wade We've braved the belly of the beast We've learned that quiet isn't always peace And the norms and notions of what just is Isn’t always just-ice And yet the dawn is ours before we knew it Somehow we do it Somehow we've weathered and witnessed a nation that isn’t broken but simply unfinished We the successors of a country
“Contemplate the miracle of local newspapers like the Park Labrea News and Beverly Press. They start out as giant blank rolls of newsprint, and soon they will be filled with the doings of the day: calendars of what’s ahead, who plowed into whom, lawsuits, police reports, ads, restaurant reviews, zoning disputes and photos. I love the beautiful rustle of the newspaper, refuge of the thinking person, one of life’s most soulful retreats.” Chris Erskine An excerpt from “Thank heavens for the miracle of newspapers” Beverly Press/Park Labrea News, Feb. 6, 2020
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